Whirling Dervishes Show From Istanbul

Duration: 1 hour
Destination: Turkey, Turkey, Turkey

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  • 1 hour
  • Turkey
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable


Watch Istanbul’s enthralling whirling dervishes. The historic Mevlevi order perform an hour-long Sema Ceremony at Hodjapasha, an arts and culture center housed in a historic bathhouse. Listen to traditional instruments play spiritual Sufi music in a space with colorful multimedia wall projections. Hotel pick-up and drop-off are available and light refreshments and an information booklet included.


  • Ideal choice for families
  • Hotel pickup included

Don't miss the opportunity to see whirling dervishes perform the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony at Istanbul's Hodjapasha cultural dance theatre. The ceremony features a complex musical repertoire called 'ayin' and the whirling dance performed by the dervishes represents the mythical journey of man's spiritual ascent through mind and love to perfection.

It is a tradition more than 800 years old, and in 2005 it was proclaimed as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The ceremony starts after a 15 minute classical instrumental performance by a traditional Turkish orchestra and lasts for around 45 minutes.

It is accompanied by 360 degree video special effects projected on the walls of the beautiful historic building and some amazing lighting, adding to the atmosphere of this captivating ceremony. The total duration is one hour, and seats are numbered, so be sure to book early.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Light refreshments
  • Multilingual explanation booklet

  • Meals
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This tour is a 'Guaranteed Departure' tour. This means it will depart regardless of how many people are booked on to it.
Departure Point

Istanbul Hotels

Departure Time

Hotel pickup between 5:45pm and 6:15pm
The show starts at 7pm

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


1 hour

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

Image - 01 Jun 2016 -

David G

Show was excellent, but guide arrived at our hotel and walked us to the show about 20 min.

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