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Whirling Dervish Tour


This is the perfect tour for witnessing a sema whirling ceremony, a form of entertainment which is a well-recognized symbol of Turkey.

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This experience cannot be cancelled, amended or rescheduled.

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This is the perfect tour for witnessing a sema whirling ceremony, a form of entertainment which is a well-recognized symbol of Turkey.

At the historic Galata Mevlevihanesi you will witness a sema whirling ceremony which represents a mystical journey of man's spiritual ascent, accompanied by the haunting, mournful music of the traditional ney reed flute.

Not only are Whirling Dervishes a well-recognised symbol of Turkey, they are also members of the Sufi Order of Islam, or the Mevlevi—followers of the 13th century poet and mystic Mevlana Celaddin Rumi.

This is a great tour to soak up some traditional Turkish culture.

Tour Highlights:

  • Whirling Dervish Ceremony
  • Traditional ney reed flute
  • Transfers

know before you go


  • The Whirling Dervish Tour starts at 6:30 PM everyday.

  • The duration of tour is approximately 2 hours.

General Information:

Hotel Collection:

  • Collections are approx. 6 PM dependant on traffic and your hotel location. Drop off times are approx. 8:30 PM depending on traffic and your hotel location

Collection Points:

  • This tour includes transport from centrally located Istanbul hotels. Any hotels outside of the centre can still be accommodated but may be subject to a supplementary charge.


  • Return transportation, entrance fees and Whirling Dervish Show.


  • Food, drink or tips and any other services not mentioned above.

Important Information:

  • This tour is suitable for disabled persons in wheelchairs.

  • This tour requires at least two passengers to run.

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