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What you can expect during this experience
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Updated 31/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
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.
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
Important Information
Duration
1h
Inclusions
  • Entrance Ticket
  • Entry/Admission - Hodjapasha Cultural Center
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Photography is not allowed
  • Please be available at the theater 30 minutes before the show time
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Robert V wrote a review Dec 2019
Budapest, Hungary2 contributions
It might be interesting to Muslims as part of their religion. For all others a big disappointment and boring.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Walks-Istanbul, Guest Relations Manager at Skip the Line: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Ticket in Istanbul
Responded 7 Jan 2020
Thank you for your comments. We hope to see you again in İstanbul with one of our different tours. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
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lushchica wrote a review Nov 2019
Edinburgh, United Kingdom530 contributions207 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Walks-Istanbul, Guest Relations Manager at Skip the Line: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Ticket in Istanbul
Responded 7 Jan 2020
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
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swestad2017 wrote a review Nov 2019
Kongsberg, Norway7 contributions
Great to witness this 800 year old, holy ceremony, held alive and revered in the Sufi order of Islam. A sacred experience!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Walks-Istanbul, Guest Relations Manager at Skip the Line: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Ticket in Istanbul
Responded 7 Jan 2020
Thank you for your good comments, we hope to see you again in Istanbul.
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NNM wrote a review Nov 2019
Glasgow, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Walks-Istanbul, Guest Relations Manager at Skip the Line: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Ticket in Istanbul
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Thank you for your comments and we hope to see you again in İstanbul. Sincerely, Bilal Uğur
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Nicholas S wrote a review Nov 2019
London, United Kingdom18 contributions1 helpful vote
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
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Walks-Istanbul, Guest Relations Manager at Skip the Line: Whirling Dervish Ceremony Ticket in Istanbul
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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
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