- Pick-up from the Istanbul Port or from your hotel
- Whirling Dervishes Ceremony show
- Program starts at 19:30 hrs
- By the end of the tour drive back to Istanbul Port or
to your hotel.
Duration: approx. 2 hours
WHAT YOU SEE
Known to the west as Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order wrote of tolerance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. They survive today as a cultural brotherhood.
They are not theatrical spectacles but sacred rituals. The ritual of the Mevlevi sect, known as the sema, is a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer trance to Allah.
Mevlevi believed that during the sema the soul was released from earthly ties, and able to freely and jubilantly commune with the divine. Dervish literally means "doorway" and is thought to be an entrance from this material world to the spiritual, heavenly world. The Whirling Dervishes played an important part in the evolution of Ottoman high culture.
From the fourteenth to the twentieth century, their impact on classical poetry, calligraphy and visual arts was profound. Rumi and his followers integrated music into their rituals as an article of faith. Rumi emphasized that music uplifts our spirit to realms above and we hear the tunes of the Gates of Paradise.
Whoever you may be, come
Even though you may be
An infidel, a pagan or a fire-worshipper, come
Our brotherhood is not one of despair
Even though you may have broken
Your vows of repentance a hundred times, come.
This tour is organized everyday.
Guests must be able to walk
approximately 1-1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone
surfaces, inclines and 40 to 65 steps thus the guests must
be cautious to watch their step at all times in order to
Comfortable clothing, flat walking shoes, sun hat, sun glasses and sun
screen are strongly recommended.
Please expect dense traffic conditions in
order of the sites visited may change to avoid the crowds.
Temperatures can reach extreme
highs during summer months; we recommend that you drink a
lot of water and use suitable sun protection.
The tour includes the professional licensed tour guide, all entrance fees, private air-conditioned transportation and VAT.
Rates are based on per person
As the number of participant increases the certain amount of discount will be applied.
Please kindly contact us for your group requests.
Children 0-6 ages are free.
If you book any tour in Istanbul together with any Ephesus tour, then you will have 5% discount on your Ephesus tour.
In the event of cancellation, written notice must be received by Meander Travel
at least three days before the arrival in order to receive the full
In the event of no show, 100% cancellation fee will apply.
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