Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Istanbul every Thursday


30 EUR

Discover the story of Sufism, learn about Istanbul’s present-day Sufi community and experience a Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand in an authentic Sufi monastery.

Duration: 3 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • German,
  • Italian,
  • Russian,
  • French,
  • Japanese


  • Visit an authentic Sufi monastery
  • Experience a Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand
  • Get to know the history of Sufism
  • Learn about Istanbul’s present-day Sufi community


Spend an evening discovering the story of Sufism and learning about the Sufi community in Istanbul today. You’ll meet members of the local Sufi community, visit their monastery, listen to their music and experience a Whirling Dervishes ceremony first-hand.

Known to the west as the Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order was focussed on tolerance, forgiveness and enlightenment. Today, they survive as a cultural brotherhood. Their practises are not theatrical spectacles; rather they are sacred rituals.

The ceremony of the Mevlevi Order, known as the sema, is a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer-induced trance. Mevlevi believe that during the sema, the soul is released from earthly ties and able freely and jubilantly commune with the divine. Dervish literally means “doorway”, representing an entrance from this material world to the spiritual, heavenly world.

Ceremonies take place in an authentic Sufi monastery every Thursday evening.

What’s included & not included

  • Transport to the monastery
  • Tea
  • Tips

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Meeting point

Şengüler Tourism: İshak Paşa Caddesi 6

Reviews from travellers (4)


Great authentic experience. Highly recommended!
Excellent experience!
We took the tour for Sufi ceremony at Silivrikapi. It was perfect, exactly as I expected. When we book, we were afraid that it could be a touristic attraction but it was not. We were among real followers and not tourists. Thank you Hakan and thank you Erol.
Had a wonderful experience at the Dervish Ceremony which was authentic and unlike others that are more catered for tourists. Excellent service by our contact point, Mr Hakan, who's very engaging and friendly! Really enjoyed our conversations with him sharing on football and Istanbul. Thank you Hakan and Istanbul Life! We truly enjoyed ourselves!
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