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Whirling Dervishes Live Show & Exhibition Tour from Istanbul

5 / 5 total 13 reviews
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Product code: 4782
Overview

Found near the beautiful Topkapi Palace and mighty Hagia Sophia Basilica, Hodjapsha Cultural Center is a delightful piece of the city’s stunning cultural mosaic.

Transformed from a sizeable 15th-century hamam (Turkish bath), it currently welcomes visitors underneath its high domed ceilings that show some of the best of this huge country’s traditions.

Watch the magical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. The Sema ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to “perfection” through mind and love—a truly unmissable and astonishing experience of music and moves.

The exhibition has displays concerning dervishes and their ceremony, objects belonging to the world of dervishes such as musical instruments, clothing and personal tools, books. Also, Interactive Rumi poems and Sufi music samples, style dervish statues and video shows are a part of this distinctive exhibition.

Highlights
  • See ancient rituals & dances in a 15th-century hamam
  • Be amazed at the UNESCO Heritage “Sema” ceremony of whirling dervishes
  • Learn about the traditions of the former Ottoman Empire
  • Enjoy refreshing Turkish drinks under the magnificent tall dome ceilings
  • Witness some astonishing performances in mystical lights
Know Before You Book
  • Scheduling Scheduling: Shared Tour
  • Languages offered on activity/tour Languages offered on activity/tour: English, German, French, Italian, Chinese, Dutch, Japanese
  • Duration Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
  •  Children 6 and younger are not allowed to attend the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony Children 6 and younger are not allowed to attend the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony
  • This venue is not wheelchair accessibleThis venue is not wheelchair accessible
  • Cancellation Cancellation
    There is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
    There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
  • Instant Confirmation Instant Confirmation
  • Cut-off TimeCut-off Time
    Available to be booked until 24 hours before the tour starts. Please note we reserve the option to confirm the tour or not due to availability.
Inclusions
  • Admission to Hodjapasha Cultural Centre
  • Drinks (selection of tea, Turkish coffee, water, and juice)
  • Mevlevi Sema Ceremony and Exhibition
  • Multi language explanation booklet
Exclusions
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities (optional)
  • Food
Meeting Point

Meeting point is at the Hodjapasha Culture Center, 3 Hocapaşa Hamamı Sokak, İstanbul 34110. Show starts at 7:00 pm

Additional Info
  • Photography is not allowed
  • visitors who come later than 15 minutes is regarded as No-Show and the ticket price will not be refunded
  • Late comers are allowed to enter the sema session first 10 minutes for the sake of peaceful ceremony
  • Please be available at the theatre 30 minutes before the show time
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Reviewed by Carlo K IT   June 01, 2019
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It was beautiful and moving. I highly recommend it for anyone who appreciates people expressing their spirituality.
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Louise GB   June 01, 2019

Hello Carlo, Thank you for the kind review I appreciate it. Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. Kind regards, Louise.

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Reviewed by L Bach CH   May 17, 2019
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This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about what the dervishes represent . The venue and the show are fabulous and should be experienced by anyone who travels through Istanbul.
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Fiorenza GB   May 17, 2019

Thank you for your nice review. Glad you enjoyed the tour. Kind regards, Fiorenza

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Reviewed by Michelle J FR   May 09, 2019
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Highly recommend - such an amazing experience.
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Jackie GB   May 09, 2019

Thank you for your nice words. Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip. Kind regards, Jackie.

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Reviewed by Kris C GB   April 27, 2019
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Worth seeing. The location is historic and central in the old part of Istanbul.
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Donna GB   April 28, 2019

Hello Kris, Thanks for your review. Happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. Kind regards, Donna.

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Reviewed by Phillipe G FR   April 08, 2019
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The historic venue was a great setting for this ceremony.
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Christine GB   April 09, 2019

Hello Phillipe, Thank you for your nice words. Kind regards, Christine.

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Reviewed by Andy V CA   March 24, 2019
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I absolutely loved every moment of this intriguing, peaceful and mystical ritual.
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Lisa US   March 24, 2019

Hello Andy, Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. Thanks for the review I appreciate it. Kind regards, Lisa

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Reviewed by Jonathan O NL   March 21, 2019
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A must-see experience in Istanbul.
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Claire GB   March 22, 2019

Thank you for your nice words. Happy to hear you liked this tour. Kind regards, Claire.

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Reviewed by Adam S IS   March 10, 2019
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The show was absolutely beautiful and the exhibit beforehand was quite informative . and a free drink with Turkish Delight.
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Yvonne GB   March 11, 2019

Hello Adam, Thanks for your kind review. Kind regards, Yvonne.

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Reviewed by Alie I AE   March 07, 2019
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It is mesmerizing experience to watch the whirling dervishes at Hodjapasha. Due to the nature of the show, it is difficult to take photos etc. but the memories you take away are unforgettable.
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Joan US   March 08, 2019

Thank you for your review. Happy to hear you enjoyed this tour. Kind regards, Joan.

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Reviewed by Aaron M IL   March 01, 2019
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An interesting, atmospheric and well-explained insight into Sufism and the dervish tradition. The small exhibition is good, too, and the staff are friendly and welcoming - you even get a free drink!
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Linda US   March 01, 2019

Hello Aaron, Thanks for your kind words. Kind regards, Linda.

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Reviewed by Clayton J GB   February 12, 2019
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It was good for cultural experience.
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Amy GB   February 12, 2019

Thanks for your review. Glad to hear you enjoyed the tour, Kind regards, Amy

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Reviewed by Anu B IN   January 20, 2019
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Simply divine. Transports u to another world.
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Susan US   January 21, 2019

Hello Anu, Thanks for your kind review. Kind regards, Susan

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Reviewed by Omer M AE   January 19, 2019
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Good experience - really enjoyed it. I wish there was more background on the dervish life style, poetry and Melvana Rumis life. Overall good experience.
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Sandy US   January 19, 2019

Hello Omar, Thanks for your nice words. Happy to hear you enjoyed the tour. Kind regards, Sandy.

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