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Combo (Save 16%): Whirling Dervish & Sufi Dance + Hagia Sophia Tickets

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Explore Istanbul's spiritual side with a cost-effective combo to see a Whirling Dervish show and get skip-the-ticket-line access to the Hagia Sophia.

Highlights

  • Seek spiritual enlightenment with a 1-hour Whirling Dervish ceremony at a historic Madrasah at the heart of old Istanbul.

  • Be captivated by the swirling dervishes, their white gowns flowing as they perform the centuries-old Sema ceremony.

  • Explore the Hagia Sophia at your own pace with a skip-the-line ticket, marveling at its mosaics and ancient architecture.

  • Learn about the Hagia Sophia's history through multiple ancient empires with the multilingual audio guide, uncovering the stories behind its artwork.

  • Fun fact: The whirling dervishes' white gowns represent a shroud, symbolizing their letting go of the earthly world.

Inclusions

Whirling Dervish Show

  • Entry to 1-hour Whirling Dervish show

Hagia Sophia

  • Skip-the-line entry to Hagia Sophia

  • Entry to Hagia Sophia visiting area

  • Audio guide in 23 languages

Cancellation policy

These tickets can't be cancelled or rescheduled.

Reviews

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Elena Zuccarello

Elena

3/5

Jun, 2024

The mosque is large and beautiful, however the price is way too expensive. 34€ for a walk only on the second floor and an audio guide. Not fair.
Nadine a silverberg

Nadine

4/5

Jun, 2024

The building was amazing and really interesting to see all the history there I just found the audio guide a little hard to follow and would have liked to have been directed to the gardens
Kerrin Joy Nguyen Browning

Kerrin

3/5

Jun, 2024

The price was good-better than what we would have paid for tickets at the venue. The directions were clear regarding where to pick up the tickets and how to download the app, although we were only able to download on Apple and not on Android. We were happy to be able to skip the entry line. However, our guiderushed ahead and then disappeared on us in the entry line and we were stuck not knowing what to do. He did return and we were able to enter, but it caused a few minutes of confusion and left us wondering if we had been scammed since we had never used Headout before.
Vekshana Soobarah

Vekshana

4/5

Jun, 2024

Easy to get there and to collect the tickets. Audio guide app doesn't work. There are some QR codes inside the mosque that you can use for explanations of certain things in there
Alberto Cob García

Alberto

3/5

Jun, 2024

The music and the dance very well, but the room is terrible, with advertising in the background, photos projected in a meaningless loop that breaks the magic of the dance, a shame.
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This pocket-friendly combo lets you experience two of Istanbul's most captivating cultural treasures: the whirling dervishes' ceremony and the Hagia Sophia.

Whirling Dervish Show

Imagine the warm glow of candlelight illuminating a centuries-old Madrasah as you witness the Sema ceremony. As the first notes of traditional Sufi music fill the Madrasah, the Dervishes begin their graceful twirls. Their movements are slow and deliberate, each spin a representation of their connection to the universe. Watch as the Dervishes reach a state of near-trance, their white skirts creating a blur against the backdrop of the historic building. This performance is more than just a show; it's a window into the heart of Sufism, a mystical tradition that symbolizes their connection to the universe and a letting go of the earthly world.

Hagia Sophia

Your combo ticket also grants you skip-the-line access to the Hagia Sophia. With your multilingual audio guide, embark on a self-guided exploration, unraveling the stories etched in the mosaics and the intricate calligraphy adorning the walls. Imagine the footsteps of Byzantine emperors echoing through the 6th-century Emperor's Gate. Don't miss the Mihrab, a prayer niche indicating the direction of Mecca – a reminder of Hagia Sophia's past as both a church and a mosque. Keep an eye out for the towering columns, each brought from ancient cities such as Ephesos and Tarsus. Explore this time capsule at your own pace as you soak in its centuries-old history.

Hagia Sophia

Monday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday9:00 AM - 7:30 PM

What to bring

Hagia Sophia

  • For optimal enjoyment, bring your earphones to use with the audio guide.

What's not allowed

Whirling Dervish Show

  • Shutterbugs, take note: Flash photography and tripods are no-go inside the venue.

Hagia Sophia

  • Strict dress code: Guests must dress modestly and cover their knees and shoulders. Women should also partially cover their hair with a scarf.

  • Shutterbugs, take note: Flash photography and tripods are no-go inside the venue.

Accessibility

Whirling Dervish Show & Hagia Sophia

  • This experience is wheelchair and pram/stroller accessible.

Additional information

Hagia Sophia

  • During high season, the security check waiting time for Hagia Sophia is around 1 hour.

  • Hagia Sophia may be closed during prayer times as it is a place of religious worship.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you instantly.

  • Please display the same at each ticket redemption point along with a valid photo ID.

Ticket redemption points

Whirling Dervish & Sufi Dance Tickets in Sultanahmet Area

  • Please check your final voucher for the redemption point details and specific instructions.

Hagia Sophia Skip-the-Line Tickets

  • Please check your final voucher for the redemption point details and specific instructions.
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