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Cappadocia Whirling Dervishes

For an evening with a difference, the truly authentic dance of the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony awaits you in Cappadocia.  Everyone has heard of the whirling Dervishes but few have seen, or understand the story behind the dance they perform.  In the most magical and mystical way the dance builds to a crescendo.  The Dervishes dance to become closer to their God.  It would be hard not to be impressed with the atmosphere and dedication with which they perform this wondrous routine.  The ambience of the room seems to change with the dedication of their dance and it is hard not to be moved by this.

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Even if you are not interested in the religious aspect of Sufism, the sight of the Dervishes enacting a dance that is over 800 years old, is impressive indeed.  As a small insight to the costumes worn, the cloak represents the grave and the tall hat worn represents the gravestone.  As the dance continues, the cloak is removed and this symbolises each dancer growing closer to God.  The Dervishes live a life of austerity, believing it brings them close to perfection and their God.  The discipline involved in becoming a Dervish could be applauded by all religions of the world.

Cappadocia Whirling Dervishes Ceremony Price

In 2023, price of Cappadocia Whirling Dervishes Ceremony is 40 € for people over the age of 10.

Includes / Excludes

  • Hotel transfer (both ways)
  • Entrance ticket
  • Sharbat drink
  • Personal Expenses

Days & Time

Everyday, all year round 20:30 to 22:00 in summer, 17:30 to 19:00 in winter.

Cappadocia Whirling Dervishes Ceremony Itinerary

Your tour begins at 17:00 throughout the winter months and 20:00 in the summer season.  You begin by being picked up from your hotel and taken to the Cappadocia Dervish Centre for the ceremony.

You are allowed to bring your camera and indeed it is recommended that you do.  You take your seat surrounding the centre stage and thus commences a 1 hour demonstration of the Dervish ceremony.

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The mystical atmosphere will be sure to astound you.  Do take photographs to remind you of this wonderful experience, once you return home.

When the performance has finished, a car will return to take you back to your Cappadocia hotel, in plenty of time for your evening meal and onward entertainment.

Q&A

How much is Cappadocia Whirling Dervishes Ceremony?

Cost of Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Cappadocia is 40 € per person in 2023. Children under 10 years old are not able to attend this ceremony.

When do these performances take place?

They take place every evening throughout the summer and winter months.  Times will vary per season, and your operator will confirm your pick up times on purchase of your ticket.  The total performance time is 2 hours, with the dance of the Dervishes being 1 hour.

What does the cost entail?

Your transfer to and from your hotel.

Entrance fee.

Insurance and English speaking assistance.

Should i take anything in particular with me when i go?

Do take your camera for these astounding images.

Appropriate dress is the order of the day for this essentially religious ceremony.

Bring some money with you for any expenses you may wish to make at the centre.

A bottle of water for hydration is a good idea also.

Can anyone go?

This tour suits just about everyone, due to its gentle nature and seating aspect.  For children under the age of 6 it  is not recommended, should they become restless the dancer’s performance may become impaired due to disruption.