Whirling Dervish Show In Istanbul

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Departure Time :
    6:30pm
  • Departure Details :
    Sirkeci, Istanbul
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

See Turkeys whirling dervishes perform a traditional sema Mevleviye dance ceremony at the iconic Hodjapasha Dance Theater in Istanbul! The centuries-old ceremony is a spiritual performance featuring graceful choreography, Persian chanting and traditional Turkish music, played by the on-site orchestra. Enjoy a drink and some Turkish delight from the bar, and then sit captivated as the dervishes glide around the stage in their eye-catching robes; its the perfect evening out for a taste of age-old Istanbul culture.

Highlights

  • Free snacks included

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Head inside Hodjapasha Dance Theater in the Sirkeci neighborhood of Istanbul, and enjoy a drink and some Turkish delight from the bar. The building itself dates back to the 15th century, when it was once home to Turkish baths, and is well known in the city as one of the top places to see traditional Turkish dances and ceremonies.

After enjoying your beverage, take a seat in the main hall to watch your 1-hour show, consisting of a 15-minute Turkish classical music concert followed by a 45-minute Mevleviye sema dance. Performed by a troupe of semazens (or whirling dervishes), the entrancing ceremonial dance is believed to date back as far as 800 years a fact that helped the dance land a spot on UNESCOs Intangible World Heritage List.

Watch as the whirling dervishes glide around the stage in a flurry of movement, dancing in time to Persian and traditional Turkish music played by the theaters orchestra. The flute, kettledrum and cymbal music is accompanied by songs and the chanting of ancient Persian poems and prayers.

The full performance lasts roughly 1-hour, and when the dancing finishes you can stay inside the venue to enjoy more drinks, if you wish. All additional food and drinks are at your own expense.

Inclusions

  • Entrance fee
  • Unlimited Tea,water and juice

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Additional food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum age is 6 years

Adult pricing applies to all travelers