Pamukkale Dervish Show

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  • Adult Price20€
  • Child (6-10)Free
  • Infant (0-6)Free
  • Tour Times18:00 / 20:30
  • Hotel TransferYes
  • InstructionsEnglish

The feature that distinguishes us from other companies organizing Pamukkale Dervish Ceremony is that we are doing our own hotel transfer service.

Excursion Mania is ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR COMPANY IN PAMUKKALE REGION with over +1000 positive reviews!


Discover and learn about one of the mysteries of Anatolia’s history, sufism.


You will find the most special moments of your holiday in this ceremony.

Pamukkale Dervish Show

Participate in an amazing and thrilling cultural experience and get to know the tradition and culture of Dervishes. Pamukkale Dervish Show is a great opportunity to experience from first-hand the history, the music and the dances of the Dervishes and unfold their secrets. This excursion is the perfect option for those who wish to enjoy an evening full of cultural elements and for those who are interested in folklore tradition. The Dervishes Ceremony is a famous attraction as it includes impressive costumes, a mysterious atmosphere and many more.

This memorable excursion starts during the evening. A comfortable vehicle will pick you up from your hotel and drive you towards the place where the ceremony takes place. Pamukkale Dervishes Ceremony takes place at the village of Karahayit which is not very far. Once you enter the building you will be amazed by the flawless mystical atmosphere, as mysticism is one of the main features of Dervishes.

In fact, Dervishes are Sufi Muslim Ascetics who are characterized by their extreme poverty and austerity. Their main focus is to reach God by deserting their ego and through physical performance. Dervishes are commonly associated with supernatural powers as it is believed that they can do miracles due to their connection with God.

During your experience, you will have the chance to enjoy one hour show of Mevlevi Sema Ceremony. This ceremony is a symbolization of the stages that Dervishes are passing through in order to reach God, which is the ultimate stage and purpose of their life. The ceremony usually starts with a prayer to the Prophet Mohammed which is followed by a solo. Right after that, the head Dervish shows the places where the Dervishes should go and then the Circling of Veled starts. This stage symbolizes the resurrection from the grave.

The Dervish’s cloak symbolized the grave and the hat symbolizes the gravestone. During the next stage, Dervishes gradually remove their cloak which is a symbolization of their spiritual freedom. During the ceremony, you will be impressed by the magical atmosphere which contains religious and spiritual elements. In fact, the Dervishes participating in the show are going through an intensive training and spiritual enhancement I order to acquire the desirable skills.
Once the 1-hour show is over, a vehicle will be waiting in order to transfer you back. The memorable and unique experience ends once you arrive back to your hotel full of positive emotions and great memories from the Dervishes 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

Hotel Pick-up

Pamukkale / Karahayit Hotels – 18:30 You will be informed about the exact pick up time according to your hotel or pickup location.

What's Included

  • Free Hotel Transfer
  • Full Insurance
  • Entrance Fee

What's Excluded

  • Personal Spendings

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Unfold the history, the culture and the tradition of Dervishes by participating in Pamukkale Dervish Show. This ceremony is a great way to understand the values of Dervishes and to observe their dances, music, costumes and their values. The Pamukkale Dervishes Ceremony will fill you with positive feelings and is the ideal form of spiritual relaxation. Your memories will be long lasting and unique.

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Whirling Dervishes Ceremony in Pamukkale

Pick-Up: The Pamukkale Dervish Show takes place during the evening. A comfortable vehicle will pick you up from your hotel and drive you towards the place where the ceremony takes place. The show is performed in a village called Karahayit, which is situated at a close distance.

Dervishes: The Dervishes are Sufi Muslims who are famous by their extreme lifestyle that includes poverty and austerity. These elements are necessary for them in order to accomplish their ultimate life goal which is to desert their ego. By deserting their ego they believe that they are going to reach God. In folklore tradition, Dervishes have superpowers and they are able to perform miracles because they are close to God. Mysticism and spirituality are some of the features characterizing Dervishes and their ceremony.The Pamukkale Dervishes Ceremony lasts for approximately one hour. The show is presenting the stages that Dervishes implement in order to reach God, which is their ultimate value in life. The show starts with a prayer and then the master Dervish indicates the places that Dervishes should take. Once the Dervishes take their positions, the Circling of Veled starts and this dance is a symbolization of the resurrection from the grave.The Dervishes’ costume is featuring some symbolization as well. The cloak shows the grave and the hat symbolized the gravestone. Ads the show goes on, the Dervishes start to gradually remove their cloak which means that they reached spiritual freedom. The ceremony is truly spectacular and full of emotions. The Dervishes Ceremony requires a specific set of spiritual, religious and physical elements and Dervishes are going through an intense training. During the ceremony, you will be able to feel calm, relaxed and worry free due to the spiritual and mystical atmosphere.

Return Back: Once the one-hour show ends, a comfortable vehicle will be waiting for you. Pamukkale Dervish Show finishes by the moment you arrive back to your hotel. Once you arrive at your hotel, you will be full of emotions and impressed by the atmosphere. The Dervishes Ceremony will be for sure a long lasting memory from your holidays.

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Couple Traveller

Liked everything during the show. Booked online, fast communication, very easy. Well done guys, customer service rocks! The company made everything easy for us, with transfers and everything. The show itself is one of the best things to do when in Pamukkale. It’s so interesting with multiple elements and parts. Defo a value for money!! My friend and I really liked the performance and I think is a good way to spend an evening. I was amazed by the costumes. they look like they are from a different period. I forgot to take a camera and I regret it now. Recommended!

Olga Arhipopva

Solo Traveller

That was unbelievable! It’s incredible how they managed to preserve such an amazing tradition. I give to this show 5 stars. Everything was perfect. Booked many tours with this company and they are the best. Thank you for everything! Dervishes have an amazing story to tell and with this performance you get the whole package. From music, to dances, and from ideology to clothes. Simply wow. I have so many memories from that night and I think I will always remember what I got to witness. Do attend the show and you will remember my words. Fantastic!

Donna OLeary

Group Traveller

Deeply meaningful and well executed performance. Went with a friend of mine yesterday evening and by the end of the show we were overwhelmed with emotions. The acts are kind of symbolizing a different thing in dervishes’ ideology. So by the end you get this infamous whirling dance. That was our favourite part to be honest. Took many, many photos as every single performance was so spectacular. By the end of the night I was emotional, I don’t know, it makes you think of things differently. The agency was perfect also. We got transfers even though it wasn’t really far for the hotel. You should attend this show, it’s great.