Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul

Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday,
1 Day
1 City
8 Reviews

Places to Visit

  • Istanbul
  • Dervishes
  • Sema
  • Hodjapasha Culture House
  • Sufi Experience
  • Bestselling Tour

Tour Program

  • 6:00 PM: Pick you up frrom your hotel and meet your guide at a pre-arranged location and travel to the venue for the Whirling Dervishes performance.
  • 7:00 PM: Arrive at the venue and take your seats for the performance. The Whirling Dervishes are a mystical Islamic sect known for their unique ritualistic dance, known as the Sema, which is performed as a form of worship and spiritual meditation.
  • 8:00 PM: After the performance, meet with the Dervishes and learn about their traditions and beliefs. You can also ask any questions you may have and take pictures with them.
  • 8:30 PM: Enjoy a traditional Turkish dinner at a nearby restaurant, featuring a range of delicious local dishes.
  • 10:00 PM: Return to your hotel, or alternatively, explore the vibrant nightlife of Istanbul.

Tour Details Tour ID 92

Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul: An Enchanting Sufi Experience

The dervishes are known for their distinctive form of worship that involves whirling, a physically and mentally intense meditation that aims to bring the dervish closer to God. The whirling is performed in a long, white skirt that symbolizes the dervish's tombstone, and a tall conical hat that represents their ego being laid to rest. 

 

The ceremony, known as the Sema, is a form of worship that combines music, poetry, and dance. The whirling itself is a repetitive and hypnotic motion that is meant to induce a state of trance in the dervish, allowing them to enter into a deeper connection with the divine.


✅ Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday guarantee departures 
✅ Small groups max 8 person 
✅ Local Guides 
✅ Stress free tour 
✅ Skip-the-line express entry tickets to attractions 


Departures : Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday


Starting Point : Istanbul


Duration :  4 Hours 


Language : English


Highlights

  • Istanbul
  • Dervishes
  • Sema
  • Hodjapasha Culture House
  • Sufi Experience

When you open the booking form ( after you click make reservation button) you will see optional activities, so you can add them in your tour and you can customize it as you wish.

.✅ Inclusion :

  • Entrance Tickets

❌Exclusions :

  • Photos and videos
  • Meals
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses

This tour does not include hotel transportation, guests must arrange their own travel to the meeting spot. Please arrive promptly at the designated time

What are Whirling Dervishes?

The Whirling Dervishes are a Sufi religious group in Istanbul who are known for their unique form of worship through whirling, a meditative dance performed during the Sema ceremony.

Where can I see the Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul?

Visitors can experience the captivating display of spirituality at the Mevlana Cultural Center in Istanbul.

What should I wear to a Whirling Dervish performance?

It is recommended to dress modestly and wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement. Head coverings are also required for both men and women.

What is the history of Whirling Dervishes in Istanbul?

The tradition of Whirling Dervishes dates back to the 13th century and was founded by the Sufi mystic Rumi. It is a form of worship and meditation that is still practiced today.

How long does a Whirling Dervish performance last?

Typically, a Whirling Dervish performance lasts for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Are there any restrictions for attending a Whirling Dervish performance?

Visitors should respect the religious nature of the ceremony and refrain from taking photos or videos during the performance. Also, it is important to be mindful of the performers and not disturb their meditation.

Can I purchase tickets in advance?

Yes, tickets can be purchased in advance through various tour providers or at the Mevlana Cultural Center.

Is there a dress code for the performance?

Yes, it is recommended to dress modestly and wear comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement. Head coverings are also required for both men and women.

# For cancellations made more than 7 days prior to the scheduled activity or service, there will be %20 of the total amount as penalty.

# If you like to re-schedule the tour date instead of refund. You can re-schedule your tour without any penalty 1 time. And you can tell your new travel date until 15 days of your arrival date. And this re-schedule right is valid 2 years after postponing the actual tour date.

# For cancellations made less than 7 days prior to the scheduled activity or service, there will be no refund.

# If you like to re-schedule the tour date instead of refund. You can re-schedule your tour with only %10 penalty 1 time. And you can tell your new travel date until 15 days of your arrival date. And this re-schedule right is valid 2 years after postponing the actual tour date.

After you submit your reservation please send copies of passports of all participants, and your arrival/departure airport transfer informations via email [email protected] For further assistance please feel free to call +905434428069

Comments
Giselle T.

The tour in Istanbul was a captivating journey into the world of Sufi mysticism. The rhythmic whirling, symbolic attire, and meditative atmosphere created a profound sense of awe and reverence. It was a beautiful expression of faith and a remarkable cultural experience yes

Felicity G.

Participating in the Whirling Dervishes tour was a truly unique and immersive cultural experience. The graceful whirling movements, accompanied by the enchanting music and poetry, transported me to a state of tranquility and allowed me to witness the devotion and spiritual depth of the dervishes yesheart

Erin B.

The Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul tour was a mesmerizing and spiritually uplifting experience. The Sema ceremony, with its captivating music, poetry, and whirling dance, created a profound sense of connection to the divine and left a lasting impression heartyes

Eric

The Whirling Dervishes of Istanbul tour was a mesmerizing and spiritual experience. The Sema ceremony, with its music, poetry, and whirling dance, was captivating and allowed for a deeper understanding of the Mevlevi Order's practices. It was truly a glimpse into the mystical world of Sufism.

fallon j.

Attending a Whirling Dervishes Show is a unique opportunity to witness a traditional form of Turkish culture and spirituality. The performances are usually held in historic venues, such as old mosques or converted caravanserais, adding to the mystical and enchanting atmosphere of the experience.heartsmileyyes

lily keith

Overall, a Whirling Dervishes Show Tour is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in exploring the spiritual and cultural heritage of Istanbul. It's a captivating and unforgettable experience that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and complexity of Sufi culture.yes

emilia

During the performance, the Whirling Dervishes wear traditional white robes and conical hats, and they spin in circles while performing various rituals and prayers. The spinning motion is said to represent the turning of the universe and the seeker's journey towards spiritual enlightenment. we were very happy to be part of this tour.heartyes

bianca p.

If you're interested in exploring the rich cultural heritage of Istanbul, a Whirling Dervishes (Sema) Show Tour can be a fascinating experience. The Whirling Dervishes are members of the Mevlevi Order, a Sufi Muslim group founded in the 13th century, and their performances are based on a form of physical meditation called sema.smiley

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