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Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha provided by Hodjapasha Cultural Center

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Whirling Dervishes at Hodjapasha

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US$ 33.33
2 adults
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  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 23/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 23/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
You'll start at
Hoca Paşa Mahallesi Ankara Caddesi, Hoca Paşa, Hocapaşa Hamamı Sk. No:3 D:B, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, TurkeyAcross Sirkeci Tram stop in Ankara Street
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    Hodjapasha Cultural Center
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    We present a cultural and mystical ceremony
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You'll end at
Hoca Paşa Mahallesi Ankara Caddesi, Hoca Paşa, Hocapaşa Hamamı Sk. No:3 D:B, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, TurkeyAcross Sirkeci Tram stop in Ankara Street
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Important Information
Departure Point
Hodjapasha, Hoca Paşa Mahallesi Ankara Caddesi, Hoca Paşa, Hocapaşa Hamamı Sk. No:3 D:B, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
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  • Multi Language Explanation Booklet
  • Food
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Hodjapasha Cultural Center
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Rahul R wrote a review 9 Sep
12 contributions3 helpful votes
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
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Free Spirit wrote a review Aug 2020
1,463 contribution328 helpful votes
I agree with the previous reviewer. Yes, it is for the tourists but more educational than others I have seen. It is very religious and you can see that the men are in a trance. There is commentary on a screen. The 'spiritual performance' lasts an hour. It starts promptly at
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Kyle F wrote a review Apr 2020
72 contributions13 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Alex J wrote a review Mar 2020
Melbourne, Australia2,219 contributions215 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: April 2019
Emma_LNC wrote a review Mar 2020
Heckington116 contributions13 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: February 2020
About the operator

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By: Hodjapasha Cultural Center
Enjoyable show
I attended this show with work colleagues for a fun evening of song and dance. I know very little about Turkish cul
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Great show
Excellent program. Very talented dancers Multiple short dance sequences. Good music. Small, intimate setting
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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
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very bad
amateurish dancing and not coreographia...terrible definetly very massant and all of the people was almost sleeping
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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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Spend your money elsewhere
If you appreciate the art of dance, this show is not for you. It was amateurish dancing, tacky costumes, and non-t
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Waste of time and money
Not so good. Few repeated lines of poetry on the screen. Some people just moving around slowly and doing the same s
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we went there on nove 28 i expected lots of people but it was small stage arena but we love the show dancers were w
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Timely and Mesmerizing Ceremony
This was our second time to see the Whirling dervaish ceremony at the Hodjapasha . We bought our tickets through Ex
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Muhammad Zawawi H
This completes your visit for an authentic Turkish culture experience
I bet you will not be able to experience this anywhere else in the world like in turkey! If you know Maulana Rumi a
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Highly recommended
A very peaceful and fulfilling experience which takes you through the whole Sema ritual. One of our most enjoyable
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  • Duration: 1h
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