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Whirling Dervishes Ceremony

by Cappadocia Tours
per traveler Price is $34
Duration: 1h Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Picks up from select hotels Picks up from select hotels

Highlights

  • Chance to see ancient ritual symbolizing spiritual ascent

  • Sama ceremony of whirling dervishes with dance & music

  • Symbolic mystic journey & tradition of former Ottoman Empire

  • Renowned part of Turkish culture, recognized by UNESCO

  • Impressive venue of thew 13th-century Saruhan Caravanserai

Highlights

  • Chance to see ancient ritual symbolizing spiritual ascent

  • Sama ceremony of whirling dervishes with dance & music

  • Symbolic mystic journey & tradition of former Ottoman Empire

  • Renowned part of Turkish culture, recognized by UNESCO

  • Impressive venue of thew 13th-century Saruhan Caravanserai

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6:00 PM, Whirling Dervishes Ceremony includes Drinks Only

Duration 1h
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Total price is $33.97, taxes included

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Whirling Dervishes Ceremony

Activity Location

Cappadocia

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hotel Pickup

    Ürgüp

  • Hotel Pickup

    Göreme 50180

  • Hotel Pickup

    Avanos

  • Hotel Pickup

    Çavuşin 50500

  • Hotel Pickup

    Uçhisar 50240

  • Hotel Pickup

    Nevşehir

  • Hotel Pickup

    Mustafapaşa 50400


Description

Experience the soul-stirring ceremony of the Sama, the practice of the whirling dervishes. Watch this 800-year-old tradition—acknowledged on UNESCO's list of Intangible Cultural Heritage—in a beautifully renovated 13th-century building.

According to tradition, the celebrated Sufi poet Rumi was walking through a market one day and overheard goldbeaters rhythmically hammering and crying the dhikr (repeated devotional). Supposedly, he was so overcome with joy that he spread his arms wide and began to spin in a circle. With that, the Sama was born.

Get picked up from your hotel and ride to the 13th-century Saruhan, a caravanerai on the ancient Silk Road where traders used to stop and stay overnight with traveling with goods. Roam around the courtyard and beneath centuries-old stone arches as you explore the space and imagine the traders of a bygone era resting here en route from the Far East to Europe.

Prepare to be transported as the mystical music, chanting, and prayers begin and the dancers start to perform the various stages of the whirling ceremony. Absorb the sacred solemnity of this time-honored ritual in silence as the members of the Mevlevi Order spin toward truth in their symbolic tennure (gown), hirka (cloack, and sikke (hat). After the ceremony, retreat to the courtyard to sip on cinnamon and apple serbet_ tea before the ride back to your hotel.


Inclusions

  • Admission to the whirling dervishes ceremony

  • Serbet (fruit drink)

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your Urgup, Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos, Cavusin, Mustafapasa or Nevsehir hotel


Know Before You Book

  • Children 12 and younger are not allowed.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Hotel pickup and drop off is available for most Urgup, Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos, Cavusin, Mustafapasa or Nevsehir hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • You will receive confirmation of your exact pick-up time when you call to confirm your reservation. Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.


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