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Skip the Line: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Ticket in Istanbul

Skip the Line: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Ticket in Istanbul
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Last updated: 31 Aug 2020
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Masks will be given to those clients who do not have their own. Beverage service will be avoided. The temperature of all attendees will be taken, and admission will be denied to those with a temperature of more than 37 degrees Celsius (99 Fahrenheit), and a full refund applied.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travellers
About
Experience the mystical whirling dervish dance ceremony in Istanbul during a live show at the Hodjapasha Dance Theater. The choreographed dance (‘sema’ ceremony) is a Sufi spiritual practice accompanied by Persian chanting and traditional music. Before the show, enjoy complimentary tea or purchased drinks at the bar, then see the performers spin in their flowing white robes as part of this age-old practice.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Includes admission ticket to the theater and show
Watch a Sufi ceremony in Turkey
Shorter show makes it easy to schedule
Listen to a live performance of traditional music
What to expect
Arrive in the neighborhood of Sirkeci and step into the Hodjapasha Dance Theater for your Istanbul Whirling Dervish Show. Enjoy the architecture of this 15th century building, originally used for Turkish baths and now home to ceremonial performances and traditional Turkish dance. Head to the bar and indulge in a few pieces of Turkish delight and a drink (own expense) before taking your seat in the main hall for your 1-hour show. Kick-off the show with 15 minutes of wonderful traditional Turkish music. Then, witness a company of semazens (or whirling dervishes) perform the Mevleviye sema dance. Watch as this 800 year-old ritualistic dance is performed over 45 minutes. Observe these expressive Dervish’s whirl and glide along and see why this dance is included on UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage List. Feel the passion of the dance as each Dervish spins in a choreographed motion like a white top to Persian and classical Turkish music. Hear the kettledrum, flute, and cymbal conducted by the theater’s musicians and enjoy ancient Persian prayers and poetic songs. Once the performance concludes, feel free to remain at the venue to relax with a drink or a snack at your own expense.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5744ISTDERVISH
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony (SEMA) • Sufi Music Concert • Entry/Admission - Hodjapasha Cultural Center • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Duration
1h
Inclusions
Whirling Dervishes Ceremony (SEMA) • Sufi Music Concert • Entry/Admission - Hodjapasha Cultural Center • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Duration
1h
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Minimum age is 7 years
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Photography is not allowed
Most travellers can participate
Popular mentions

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Robert V
Budapest, Hungary2 contributions
Very disappointing if you expect a show
Dec 2019
It might be interesting to Muslims as part of their religion. For all others a big disappointment and boring.
Written 9 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Walks-Istanbul
Thank you for your comments. We hope to see you again in İstanbul with one of our different tours. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
Written 7 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

lushchica
Edinburgh, UK527 contributions
just mesmerising!
Nov 2019
i have seen a mevlani sema 3 times, and while this is much more 'touristy' it still has the surreal, spiritual essence of the ceremony. now there are exhibits and information about the dervish order in the entrance room, free drinks and a small gift shop in the old bath house at hodjipasha, and in the streets round about there are lots of restaurants and cafes, and even the odd bar if you want refreshment before or after. the ceremony itself goes on for an hour, you can come in or leave while just the musicians are playing, but once the whirling starts you cant enter as it will be so distracting to the dervishes in such a small space. you are not allowed to take photos, nor must you clap, so this is not your average tourist snapfest. it is quite a serious affair, and im not sure what some members of the audience expected, but 3 people walked out, and several more were just sitting looking at their phones, sleeping or just so obviously bored. i find it beautiful, entrancing and i love ritual, but if you find the thought of 5 men spinning in a circle in a trance, making amazing patterns and following the eternal dull as ditch water, or you are only interested in taking selfies, i suggest you dont waste your money. but if you, like me, love religious buildings, rituals and different cultures (whether you are religious yourself. im an athiest, but that does not stop me from spirituality inside), then you must see this. it is wonderful, and worth every penny! dont miss it.
Written 30 November 2019
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Walks-Istanbul
Thank you for your excellent comments. We glad to see you happy during your tour. Also we would like to see you again in İstanbul with one of our different tours. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
Written 7 January 2020
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swestad2017
Kongsberg, Norway6 contributions
A sacred experience!
Nov 2019
Great to witness this 800 year old, holy ceremony, held alive and revered in the Sufi order of Islam. A sacred experience!
Written 24 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Walks-Istanbul
Thank you for your good comments, we hope to see you again in Istanbul.
Written 7 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

NNM
Glasgow, UK5 contributions
Traditional sufi ceremony
Nov 2019 • Solo
Unique experience, No applause or cheers allowed. Kids below 6 years old are not allowed as per their website, reason being that the atmosphere inside is very very quiet and they don't want to disturb the people performing.

It lasts one hour.
Written 12 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Walks-Istanbul
Thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again in İstanbul. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
Written 7 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Nicholas S
London, UK18 contributions
Sufi Dervish ceremony - Well worth the time!
Nov 2019
This is a religious Sufi Dervish( Mevlevi order) ceremony
The explanation in the small adjoining museum & the booklet provided was very informative

A fascinating hour learning about an ancient & peace loving religion
Written 7 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Walks-Istanbul
Thank you for your excellent comments, we glad to see you happy during your tour. We hope to see you again İstanbul with one of our different tours. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
Written 7 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

332rozen
Johannesburg, South Africa19 contributions
Whirling Dervish Ceremony
Oct 2019 • Couples
We went to an authentic dervish ceremony so everything was explained .It is a religious ceremony so no photos or clapping.It was fascinating and I learnt a lot about it.
Written 2 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Walks-Istanbul
We glad to see you happy during your tour. We would like to see you again in İstanbul. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
Written 7 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Ivan H
Sofia, Bulgaria10 contributions
Вълшебно - Amazing
Oct 2019 • Couples
Изключително потапяне в едно неземно измерение. Просто божествено. Препоръчвам го горещо. Когато се чудих, дали да отида и да го видя прочетох коментарите на няколко американски туристи. Те НЕ го бяха харесали. Казах си, че щом американските т уристи НЕ го харесват - значи е много добро. Оказах се прав!
Extremely immersive in a non-terrestrial dimension. Just divine. I highly recommend it. When I was wondering whether to go and see it, I read the comments of several American tourists. They didn’t seem to liked it. I told myself that if American tourists do not like it, then it is very good. I was right!
Written 26 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Walks-Istanbul
We are happy to get your positive comments and that you enjoyed the tour. Hope to see you again in our tours when you next time come to Turkey. Kind Regards,
Written 7 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

haloul2016
Budapest, Hungary12 contributions
Amazing
Oct 2019
Just amazing experience. I read many negative comments and hesitated to attend but then my friends decided to go and I joined. I only regretted that I hesitated to attend! It was really very rich and wonderful, well spent hour.

I read many reviews which said it was boring and people were sleeping or staring at their mobiles. I had a look around couple of times to check that and I did not find any sleeping or obviously bored person! all were very attentive and looked very interested in the show.

Do not miss it, and also the few items sold before the show starts are very nice.. try to check them out.
Written 15 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Walks-Istanbul
Thank you for your positive comments. We would like to see you again in Istanbul for discover to other parts of this magnificent city. Regards,
Written 7 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Faye F
2 contributions
We liked the show
Oct 2019
The cultural center where the show is held is located in a unique area of Istanbul. People who are going to this show if they can allow some time to walk around before attendind this wonderful performance it will be their worthwhile.
The show is spiritual and reflective of philosophy of Rumi. I went there with my husband, my mother and two other relatives. I would say we all enjoyed it.
Written 10 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Walks-Istanbul
Dear Faye, Thank you for your wonderful review on our tour. We hope to see you again in one of our other tours. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
Written 7 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Carmen T
5 contributions
Visited Istanbul city of two continents.
Sep 2019
The Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Istanbul, an interesting religious expression by changing material to spiritual stages. The show started on time, free tea or water offered before. We could not take pictures during the ceremony. But we did take pictures of the scenery and lobby before and after the show.
Written 9 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Walks-Istanbul
Dear Carmen, Thank you for your wonderful review on our tour. We hope to see you again in one of our other tours. Kind Regards, Bilal Uğur
Written 7 January 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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