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Whirling Dervish Show
Activities in Istanbul

Whirling Dervish Show

8.6 / 10
227 reviews
The set is Hollywood style but the ceremony (it is NOT a sgiw) really catches you.
10 Luis R
  • 1 hour

The Sufi whirling, also known as Sama, is one of the best-known and most inspiring ceremonies in Turkey. This 800-year old tradition is a spiritual and mystic voyage through the mind and love of perfection.   

Program

The ceremony begins with 15 minutes of traditional Turkish music played by some of the best local orchestras in the city, followed by the Mevlevi Order performing the dance ritual of the Whirling Derviches for 45 minutes. This act is listed as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The dancing is accompanied by soul-stirring ayin music.

During the show, the Dervishes spin on their left foot with their arms stretched out and embark on a spiritual journey to find the truth through love until they reach perfection.

The admission ticket includes tea, beverages, water and Turkish coffee.

Turkish culture

Established by the followers of the thirteenth century Persian poet, Rumi, the Mevlevi Order (Whirling Dervishes) are a Muslim order who dance as a form of prayer.

Book as soon as possible

The room where the Dervishes perform is quite small and the best places (first row) are quickly booked. If you book in advance you will make sure to have the best seats available.

Price

Adults Children under 12
Entrance
US$ 21.30
US$ 14.60

Entrance

  • Adults

    US$ 21.3
  • Children under 12

    US$ 14.6

More Information

Duration

1 hour

Included

Admission ticket.

Variety of drinks.

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up until the same day (12:00 local time) if there are still places available.

Ticket

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.

US$ 21.30
No hidden fees or surcharges

Meeting point

Hodjapasha Cultural Center, Ankara Caddesi, Hocapaşa Hamam Sok 3B.

Cancellations

Non refundable. You may not cancel this activity.

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