Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony

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  • Adult25€
  • Child (5-8)20€
  • Infant (0-4)Free
  • Tour Duration2 Hours
  • Hotel TransferYes
  • InstructionsEnglish

Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony

During your holidays in Cappadocia you can immerse yourself into the culture and the tradition of the Dervishes. The Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony is the ideal excursion for those who are interested in exploring the culture and for those who wish to enjoy a thrilling evening. A magical and mystic atmosphere along with traditional music, costumes and dances is what you should expect during this excursion. The Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony will be a truly memorable experience.

This memorable excursion starts during the evening. A comfortable, modern and fully air conditioned vehicle will pick you up from your hotel in Cappadocia and drive you towards the place where the ceremony takes place. By the very first moment you enter the building where the ceremony takes place, you will be thrilled by the flawless mystical atmosphere. It has to be noted that mysticism is one of the main features of the Dervishes’ ceremony and ideology.


The Dervishes are Sufi Muslim Ascetics who are characterized by the extreme poverty and austerity that implement in their lifestyle. Their main aim in life is to reach God by deserting their ego and through their physical activity. It is believed that Dervishes have superpowers and can do miracles because they are close to God with their lifestyle.

Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony includes a 1-hour show of Mevlevi Sema Ceremony. This particular ceremony is a symbolic expression of the stages that Dervishes are passing through in order to reach God. Therefore, it represents the process of reaching their ultimate stage and purpose of life. As the ceremony starts a prayer to the Prophet Mohammed takes place. After the prayer, a solo follows just before the impressive show. Then, the head Dervish indicates the places where the Dervishes should go and then the infamous Circling of Veled begins. This impressive phase of the ceremony will be an amazing experience for you as it symbolizes the resurrection from the grave.

In what regards the clothes of the Dervishes, hidden meanings are also in place. The cloak symbolizes the grave and the hat represents the gravestone. At a point, the Dervishes will gradually remove their cloak and this is a symbolization of their spiritual freedom which means that they are closer to God. During the Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony, you will be impressed by the magical and mystical atmosphere.

When the show is over, a car will be waiting in order to transfer you back. The memorable and unique experience ends once you arrive back to your hotel in Cappadocia full of positive emotions and great memories from this unique and spiritual Ceremony.


  • The musical ceremony provides an insight into spiritualism among the Mawlawi Order
  • Be captivated as the semazens dance and chant their way around the stage
  • See an extraordinary dance show that dates back 800 years
  • Watch the miraculous whirling dervishes

Departure Time

Pick up time varies based on the season. Pick up time for the winter season is 17:00 and for the summer season is 20:00. We will inform you about your exact pickup time, one day before the show.

Hotel Pick-up

Cappadocia Hotels – Free Transfer from Goreme, Urgup, Avanos, Uchisar, Cavusin, Nevsehir, Kaymakli, Ibrahimpasa, Mustafapasa, and Ayvali Hotels.

What's Included

  • Free Hotel Transfer
  • Entrance Fee

What's Excluded

  • Personal Spendings

Don't Forget

  • Bring your camera and your smile, You will be full of peace.

If you want to try another tour, Cappadocia Red Tour is one of the most popular in Cappadocia.

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Tour Program

Enjoy a truly spectacular Dervishes Ceremony while in Cappadocia and learn their tradition and the culture. The Dervishes Ceremony is a spiritual and religious show which represents through dancing and acting the main features of Dervishes’ beliefs. Enjoy the show in a relaxing and quiet atmosphere and get to know the main highlights of Dervishes and their dances.

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Dervish Ceremony in Cappadocia

Pick Up: Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony takes place during the evening. Depending on the scheduled time of the ceremony, a modern, comfortable and fully air conditioned vehicle will pick you up from your hotel. The car will drive you towards the location where the show takes place.

Dervishes: This spectacular ceremony is a great opportunity to learn some interesting information about the Dervishes and their lifestyle. In fact, Dervishes are Sufi Muslims Ascetics who are known for their strict lifestyle which is sometimes close to poverty due to the high austerity they impose to themselves. Their ultimate goal in life is to persuade through their physical activity a closer connection with the God and set the body and mind free by deserting their ego. In folklore tradition, it is commonly believed that Dervishes acquire superpowers and are able to do miracles. Dervishes have advanced spiritual and physical capabilities and undergo through an intense training in order to conduct the ceremony.

Circling of Veled Dance: Dervishes proceed to the ceremony wearing a cloak that symbolizes the grave and a hat which symbolized the gravestone. The ceremony starts with a prayer and then, the head of the Dervishes, indicates the points where the Dervishes should be during their performance. What follows is the infamous Circling of Veled dance. At this phase you will be thrilled by the charming atmosphere and the whole performance. The whole ceremony process is an actual representation of the stages that Dervishes go through in order to reach their ultimate goal, which is to reach the God. At a point, the Dervishes will start to gradually remove their cloak as a symbolization of the resurrection from the grave. The whole atmosphere will be so mystical so get ready to relax and enjoy the show.

Return: When the Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony is over, a vehicle will be waiting for you. This amazing excursion end by the time you arrive back at your hotel. By that moment, you will be feeling amazed and relaxed by the show. Cappadocia Dervishes Ceremony will surely be a unique and memorable moment from your holidays.

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Alizona Kander

Solo Traveller

We wanted an alternative night out during our stay in Cappadocia and the tour operators told us about this ceremony. We did many activities with this company and we are very happy with their services. This ceremony is such an emotional thing to watch. We’ve been told that the people represent their beliefs and I have to say they did an excellent job. A professional performance, great atmosphere, lots of interesting elements and of course a wide spectrum of emotions for the audience. Amazing!

Yan Wong

Solo Traveller

Just came back and I’m here to give my best review for this extraordinary performance! The show is full of hidden symbols, and the whole atmosphere fills you with unique emotions. I had no idea about dervishes, so I didn’t know what to expect. When the show started and I realised what was going on, I felt blessed! Their movements are synchronised, the music is phenomenal, and the place has its own character. I’m recommending this show to all of you, it is a lifetime experience and there are so many things to learn and observe. Super!

Nicky Whelan

Couple Traveller

Culture at its finest!!! What a great night that was! Seriously atmospheric and extremely immersive! I watch the show with my husband last week and none of us expected to see the greatness of Turkish culture to that extent! The dancers were dressed in beautiful traditional costumes and it appears that they have a meaning. The music and the lighting gave us chills every time. It is one of the must things to watch when you are in Cappadocia. Our night was full of emotions and we both had an excellent time. I recommend the dervishes show!!