Skip the Line: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Ticket in Istanbul

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Istanbul

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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Istanbul
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


See Turkey’s whirling dervishes perform a traditional ‘sema’ Mevleviye dance ceremony at the iconic Hodjapasha Dance Theater in Istanbul! The centuries-old ceremony is a spiritual performance featuring graceful choreography, Persian chanting and traditional Turkish music, played by the on-site orchestra. Enjoy a drink and some Turkish delight from the bar, and then sit captivated as the dervishes glide around the stage in their eye-catching robes; it’s the perfect evening out for a taste of age-old Istanbul culture.


  • Free snacks included

Head inside Hodjapasha Dance Theater in the Sirkeci neighborhood of Istanbul, and enjoy a drink and some Turkish delight from the bar. The building itself dates back to the 15th century, when it was once home to Turkish baths, and is well known in the city as one of the top places to see traditional Turkish dances and ceremonies.

After enjoying your beverage, take a seat in the main hall to watch your 1-hour show, consisting of a 15-minute Turkish classical music concert followed by a 45-minute Mevleviye sema dance. Performed by a troupe of semazens (or whirling dervishes), the entrancing ceremonial dance is believed to date back as far as 800 years – a fact that helped the dance land a spot on UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage List.

Watch as the whirling dervishes glide around the stage in a flurry of movement, dancing in time to Persian and traditional Turkish music played by the theater’s orchestra. The flute, kettledrum and cymbal music is accompanied by songs and the chanting of ancient Persian poems and prayers.

The full performance lasts roughly 1-hour, and when the dancing finishes you can stay inside the venue to enjoy more drinks, if you wish. All additional food and drinks are at your own expense.

  • Unlimited Tea, water and juice
  • Entry/Admission - Hodjapasha Cultural Center
  • Entry/Admission - Whirling Dervishes Istanbul
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
Departure Point

Sirkeci, Istanbul

Departure Time

7:00 PM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


1 hour 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 24 Sep 2019 -

Michael H

This is an authentic Sufi ceremony. There is no razz-ma-tazz here but you do get an excellent idea of what a whirling dervish is all about. Just fascinating.

Image - 13 Aug 2019 -

Sharon T

Thoroughly enjoyed the spiritual experience. Only two things would have made a better experience: raising the height between rows of stadium seating and a lower temperature in the venue.

Image - 31 Jul 2019 -

Helen G

The spiritual and symbolic Dervish Experience is well worth visiting when you are visiting Istanbul. I thoroughly enjoyed the show and now want to learn more of the history.

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

Rob A

If you know anything about this tradition, going to a Whirling Dervish experience is a great way to spend one hour in the evening during your trip to Istanbul. It was a little hard to find the actual place where the ceremony took place, but helpful people on the street gave good directions off the main road. The performance was moving despite some in the audience talking (sh!) and applause at the end (you don't applaud a isn't a concert). During my stay in Istanbul, this was one of the only times I actually heard traditional music in the city. I recommend this.

Image - 23 Jun 2018 -


this is a fantastic oppty to learn about what the dervishes represent . The venue and the show are fabulous and should be experienced by anyone who travels through Istanbul

User's Picture Gallery


Whirling Dervish

A Fantastic Experience!!!


Whirling Dervish Show in Istanbul

Model at the Hodjapasha Theater


Whirling dervishes

Totally worth the experience


Totally in sync

the white robes fly smoothly


Swirling away

amazing to see the whirling dervishes being so focused


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taking turn on the front scene


Whirling dervishes

start of the dance


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