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Istanbul: Original Whirling Dervish Ceremony

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Fatih, Turkey

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Overview

As a cultural practice honored by the UNESCO Heritage of Humanity designation, the Mevlevi Semah ceremony offers a transfixing, centuries-old cultural experience. Don't miss this singular dance form with a whirling dervish show in the heart of Istanbul. Just sit down for your experience to watch the Sufi dancers spin and rotate in twisting movements, enjoy the accompanying music, and encounter one of the most popular and beautiful experiences in Turkey.
  • Marvel at a centuries-old ceremony with tickets to a whirling dervish show
  • Learn about cultural practices of the Mevleviye, a 13th-century Sufi order
  • Easily add this evening event to any itinerary, with shows six nights a week
  • See the show at Istanbul's Sirkeci Station, a short walk from Topkapi Palace
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60 minute Dervish Ceremony

Departure Point

Sarnıç Fine Dining Restaurant, Cankurtaran, Soğuk Çeşme Sk. No:26, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Departure Time

6:00 PM
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY TravelGroup24

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Istanbul: Original Whirling Dervish Ceremony?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul: Original Whirling Dervish Ceremony.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Istanbul: Original Whirling Dervish Ceremony?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul: Original Whirling Dervish Ceremony.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Istanbul: Original Whirling Dervish Ceremony?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul: Original Whirling Dervish Ceremony.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Istanbul: Original Whirling Dervish Ceremony?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Istanbul: Original Whirling Dervish Ceremony.

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WASTE OF MONEY
patriciospamer
, Jan 2020
Biggest waste of money on any experience I have booked in my travels. I got to the station at the time specified, and not a single person could direct me to the show. One person even told me it was the next day when the ticket clearly said it was the day that I arrived. I would love a refund but I am not expecting much from this sorry excuse of a travel company. Go book the alternative but similar experience offered from TripAdvisor at the Hodjepasha cultural center. DON’T WASTE YOUR MONEY LIKE I DID YOH WILL REGRET IT.
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Amazing, except for that guy in the audience...
Pamela F
, Jan 2020
Wow, this ceremony was beyond anything i could have expected! It stirred my soul, no exaggeration. The location was beautiful and the perfect match to the event. The staff was kind and friendly and they even served us tea because it was quite chilly in the station. Being able to see this ceremony from start to finish felt so special and this was definitely one of the highlights of my trip to Istanbul. Now, that being said, I would HIGHLY suggest management to ban flash from being used during the ceremony. It took so much away from the moment and was a huge distraction to have some selfish dummy with a big fancy camera using a burst flash over and over and over and over again like he was the professional photographer and it was Harry and Meghan's wedding.
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ダンスも良いが伴奏が中々
ohiramail
, Nov 2019
会場が何故シルケシ駅(オリエントエキスプレスの終着駅)の古い建物を利用しているのか、それなりの理由が有ったと思われる。トルコの伝統音楽が演奏されたが、音響効果がその歴史を語るように素晴らしかった。深夜便の出発を待つ時間潰しのつもりが、最後のイスタンブールを思い出深いものにしてくれた。
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