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  • The Whirling Dervishes Show at the HodjaPasha Culture Center

    1. The Whirling Dervishes Show at the HodjaPasha Culture Center

    Watch a magnificent 1-hour show of the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the HodjaPasha Culture Center in central Istanbul and witness the miracle of the whirling dances and dervishes. Dating back 800 years, the show represents in thrilling fashion the idea that everything in the universe, from atoms, to the solar system, to the blood that circulates in the body, revolves. Sema is a spiritual journey that the soul makes to God as it becomes mature and attains unity. After the journey, it returns to its life and to serve humankind again. This thrilling program begins with a classical Turkish music concert, followed by the Sema ceremony, comprised of 7 parts. Watch in wonder as the whirling dervishes and sheikh take their place and praise the Prophet Mohammed. Following the chant, a drum voice is heard and all 7 parts unfold, - the ceremony climaxes when the extraordinary whirling dervishes revo...

    Very entertaining and interesting performance with very good educational exhibit and accompanying projections.

  • Full-Day Troy Tour From Istanbul

    2. Full-Day Troy Tour From Istanbul

    Travel back to the days of the Trojan War and such legends of ancient history as Helen of Troy, Achilles, and Homer on a full-day tour of “Truva” (the historic city of Troy). Depart Istanbul early in the morning (06:00-06:30) from convenient meeting points in Taksim, Beşiktaş, Beyoğlu, Şişli, Ortaköy and Bebek. Hotel pick-ups are available from Sultanahmet, Beyazıd, Sirkeci, Laleli and Aksaray. Transfer to Ataturk Airport for any last pick-ups from airport area hotels. Then transfer to Troy. Enjoy a buffet breakfast as you cruise through the narrow straits of the Dardanelles.  Upon arrival, lunch will be served at a restaurant with stunning views of the Dardanelles as you dine. At 12.45, depart for Troy, and see the replica of the Trojan Horse from the movie “Troy” at the entrance to the legendary city. Gaze on the remains of city walls that date back more than 3,000 years, and learn ...

    Very informative, wonderful guide, excellent English, the tour was a great time in spite of really unfavorable weather. Highly recommend.

  • Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport Private Transfers

    3. Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport Private Transfers

    Begin or end your stay in Istanbul stress-free with a private transfer from or to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and centrally located hotels. Avoid the hassle of looking for taxis and negotiating prices on landing at the airport, and enjoy peace of mind with a guaranteed transfer service. Your driver will meet and greet you in the arrivals hall. Then, you can relax in the comfort of a chauffeur driven executive car or limousine. Available at any time of the day and on any day of the week, transfers are also available direct to the seaport or Ataturk Airport if you have an onward flight or boat to catch. Sit back and enjoy the views en route to the city’s main areas, such as Sultanahmet, Aksaray, Taksim, Laleli, Sirkeci, Beşiktaş or Kadıkoy.

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What people are saying about Sirkeci

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,015 reviews

arrived early and read the displays information. we were allowed into the hall where the semma was held. shortly after it started. seats were spread out and other groups were separated from your group

It is a special experience, which I believe is worth having for anyone who visits the city. It is about a mystical dervish ceremony and it is really impressive.

I expected something different (more of a show), whereas this was a spiritual event. However, it made it all the more interesting and authentic.

Very entertaining and interesting performance with very good educational exhibit and accompanying projections.

A mesmerizing sight. The hour passed quickly. A must visit!