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Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha provided by Hodjapasha Cultural Center

Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha
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Discover the history and culture of the famous Whirling Dervishes during this 1-hour at Istanbul’s Hodjapasha. Wander the Whirling Dervishes’ museum and learn about their traditional ceremonies, clothing, musical instruments and tools. Read about the famous mystic Rumi and enjoy some of his best poems before experiencing a traditional Whirling Dervish ceremony, one of the most important rituals in Turkish culture. 
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 1h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 9503P1
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Beverages
  • Multi Language Explanation Booklet
Exclusions
  • Food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Hodjapasha Cultural Center
Duration
1h
Departure details
  • Hodjapasha, Hoca Paşa Mahallesi Ankara Caddesi, Hoca Paşa, Hocapaşa Hamamı Sk. No:3 D:B, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Across Sirkeci Tram stop in Ankara Street
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travellers
Inclusions
  • Beverages
  • Multi Language Explanation Booklet
Exclusions
  • Food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Hodjapasha Cultural Center
Departure details
  • Hodjapasha, Hoca Paşa Mahallesi Ankara Caddesi, Hoca Paşa, Hocapaşa Hamamı Sk. No:3 D:B, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey Across Sirkeci Tram stop in Ankara Street
Duration
1h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 70 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
What you can expect during your visit
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Hodjapasha
    Hoca Paşa Mahallesi Ankara Caddesi, Hoca Paşa, Hocapaşa Hamamı Sk. No:3 D:B, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
    Across Sirkeci Tram stop in Ankara Street
    See address & details
  • 1
    Hodjapasha Cultural Center
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    We present a cultural and mystical ceremony
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Sightseer829072
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia2 contributions
Beautiful experience
A very special outing: witnessing an ancient spiritual event. Great introductory information provided. Highly recommend.
Written 2 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

elvanino
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
Definitely DO NOT recommend 👎🏻
Horrible, horrible!!!
I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone, they kept on accepting people 25minutes into the show, disrespecting their guests , the musicians and the dervishes altogether!
If the show is one hour and you spend the first half of it avoiding people walking right in front of you , noisy people trying to find their seats, how are you supposed to enjoy anything?
I left the show fired up and totally disappointed, asked to see the manager who was absolutely unapologetic, what a shame!!!
There are other places around Istanbul that offer the whirling dervishes show, I haven’t tried them but I assume they’ll be more professional and respectful yo their performers and guests alike, fo not go there, it’s a waste of time SND money !
Written 8 October 2021
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Dzeny
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina456 contributions
Rumi and Dervish orders
Nov. 2020
It was a new and different experience for me.
They offer you beverages at the entrance and everybody has their seats pre-booked so you don't have to worry where you will sit.

I learned quite a bit about Rumi and Dervish orders and I'm glad I went to see the show.

Entrance is 250 Lira.
We also booked the Belly Dance show and got a discount for the entrance tickets, for 150 Lira!

Hodjapasha center is very easily found and accessible with few tram stops from wherever you are staying in Istanbul.
Written 8 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kiranzabir
Aylesbury, UK3 contributions
Really bad!
Sep. 2020
I booked this program to watch the whirling dervish and they actually booked me in for some random dance show! The tickets did not mention what the show was but when the show started about 20 minutes in there was no sign of the whirling dervish and when I went out to ask when they will be coming on and why they haven't come on as that is what I have paid to watch, the lady explained this isn't the whirling dervish show and is something completely different. The lady called over her manager who she explained to in Turkish and he turned around and looked at me and shrugged his shoulders and walked off. She said there is nothing she can do about it. I was really disappointed. They did not offer any money back and refused to book me in for another dervish show. Was really disappointed .
Written 27 November 2020
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A2345FUjohnl
Tampa, FL114 contributions
Worthwhile Experience
Oct. 2020
Descriptions of clothing, sufis and ceremony were on display before the actual ceremony. During the ceremonyy there was a description of what was happening on an overhead display. This more educational than expected and also still interesting.
Do not arrive tired as it lasts about 1 hour it is dark and the music is very soothing. Mask wearing was enforced along with seating being spaced out with your group being seperated from other groups. Would highly recommend if you have not seen one yet. Booklet is available and gives history and explanations of Melvana Rumi, the Melvlevi Order, and the actual Sema. Entrance fee was about 33.50 usd, we reserved tickets about 3 weeks prior and received front row seats. Please notepictures and filming are not allowed.
Written 6 November 2020
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Nick
Nottingham, UK146 contributions
Definitely worth a visit
Saw the Whirling Dervish's here. was really interesting and mesmerising.

Allocated seating and spaced out, wearing of masks enforced for covid19.

Excellent experience, really enjoyed and would recommend!
Written 6 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rahul R
11 contributions
Worthwhile experience!
We did enjoy the show, not sure how "authentic" the experience was but the atmosphere slightly touristy. Nevertheless, the deverishes were mesmerising, twirling around in an infectious trance, and those playing the instruments were excellent as well. I've read that seeking a "Dervish Lodge" may provide a better experience - as they are less touristy & the theatres are more picturesque - but this is still great and definitely worthwhile for those interested in a cultural or spiritual experience while staying in Istanbul.
Written 9 September 2020
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Kyle F
72 contributions
Touristy. but Well-Done
Aug. 2019
Being in Istanbul, this was very touristy. However, they provide commentary and explanation that allowed us to learn as well as enjoy the whirling. Nonetheless, the sense of mysticism was inescapable.

Visit here if you don't have a chance to visit a ceremony in the countryside (e.g. Konya).
Written 4 April 2020
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Alex J
Melbourne, Australia2,208 contributions
Worth seeing once, to tick it off your bucket list.
Apr. 2019
Maybe I am being a bit unfair. This is more a religious ceremony, I feel a little guilty giving it an "average". However, having heard so much about the whirling dervishes, and having seen them in so many TV documentaries, I felt I had to see it for myself. It is an experience, no doubt, and I would recommend you see it, at least for bragging rights back home, and for ticking it off your bucket list. No photos or videos allowed. Which is indeed a pity, because I feel the organisers would get many more patrons if they allowed photos and videos. Tourists would go home and show the photos and videos to friends and relatives, and give the show wider publicity than what they would get otherwise. The dancers seem to be in some sort of trance. I would urge you to go at least an hour before starting time, and go through the photos and other exhibits in the lobby. It is almost a museum dedicated to the whirling dervishes. You can take photos in the lobby. Actually, the photos and other exhibits in the lobby gave me a better understanding of what this was all about. Not for kids. Little kids cannot sit still and be quiet. In fact, very small kids may even be frightened. As for older kids, well, they will be bored. To repeat: this is not for everyone, go if you are keen.
Written 11 March 2020
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Emma_LNC
Heckington136 contributions
Not for everyone
Feb. 2020
We booked in advance online. It's quite a strange one to review. No photos or are allowed and you are asked to remain quite throughout the programme. You learn about the history of the dervishes and the religious impact, but you are almost a bystander to a ceremony. You watch the men go into a trance whilst they are whirling. Not for everyone, some people in the audience did nod off. It's one of those things which we can say we've seen.
Written 3 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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A good starter for what may comes next
Only now, in my 5th visit to Istanbul, I was able to attend this spiritual experience, which I highly recommend to
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Explore45553904415
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Amazing show ❤️❤️❤️❤️
An amazing show❤️❤️ Everything was amazing, the theater, the show, the performers. I highly recommend it for famili
O7618ETadamn
O7618ETadamn
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Amazing!
Rhythm of the Dance. Amazing! They mixed traditional dance with modern dance. The final effect is really great. You
oopsvanman
oopsvanman
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Whirling Dervish / Rhythm of Dance Double ..........worth a visit
Thoroughly enjoyed the dance part of the Saturday night "discounted double" with the Whirling Dervishes earlier. Co
Dzeny
Dzeny
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Wouldn't miss it for the world
An amazing dance show with all types of traditional belly dance. We saw fan veils, fire fan veils, multiple veils,
572alexandraw
572alexandraw
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Well worth it!!
Highly recommend this experience to ANY visitor! It was beautiful to watch the whirling dervishes and both the fema
wleigh8
wleigh8
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Enjoyable show
I attended this show with work colleagues for a fun evening of song and dance. I know very little about Turkish cul
ICC-Belgique
ICC-Belgique
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Don't miss it !
Very nice show! Excellent dancers. Don't miss it. Rich colours, dynamic dances and lots of smiles 🙂 Professionalis
Anil276
Anil276
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An amazing dance troupe “Rhythm of dance troup” extraordinary👏👏👏
Completely mesmerised with he experience. The solo performances were to kill for. Amazing, amazing, amazing. You ha
robinmtapp
robinmtapp
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A delightful cultural insight
Rhythm of the dance was a beautiful way to see some of the culture of Istanbul brought to life. The dances were vib
Burkaboo
Burkaboo
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Excellent show, worth the dollars
Show was well done, the round room was fantastic the lights, music, dancers were incredible, my favourites where th
manianp
manianp
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Great show
Excellent program. Very talented dancers Multiple short dance sequences. Good music. Small, intimate setting
AwradFrQ8
AwradFrQ8
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Excellent Show
Very nice show... Friendly stuff ❤️ This is my First Time in Istanbul and my Best experience ever 🌹 Thank you
me161165
me161165
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very bad
amateurish dancing and not coreographia...terrible definetly very massant and all of the people was almost sleeping
FreakySqueegie
FreakySqueegie
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Unique show worth seeing
This show was great! I live watching dance and music performances of all kinds, and I'm so glad I got to experienc
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