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Our most recommended Istanbul Shows & Musicals

  • 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.

  • Istanbul: Turkish Entertainment Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

    2. Istanbul: Turkish Entertainment Bosphorus Dinner Cruise

    Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a luxury cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. Get a welcome cocktail on arrival and then set sail for the Black Sea passing some of Istanbul's most famous monuments along the way. Cruise between Europe and Asia and pass under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, including Dolmabahçe Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle, and marvel at the mansions that line both coastlines. Watch live folk dances from the regions of Turkey, be seduced by a belly dancer and relax to international music played by the on-board DJ.

    Everything was well organized, the driver is coming to pickup you on time, and dropping you to the boat directly. Entertaining was enjoyable, only food was not what i expected but it was ok.

  • Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Entertainment

    3. Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Dinner and Entertainment

    Your 5-hour program begins with a free pick-up at your Istanbul hotel between 19:00 and 20:00. When you board the cruise ship you’ll enjoy a complimentary welcome drink that you can enjoy along with the live music. Relax and get ready to enjoy an evening cruising along the Bosphorus Strait. Your cruise follows a route that passes historical sites, including Ottoman palaces, and stunning bridges illuminated by night. For dinner, you can choose from a fish or meat main course on a menu that features 3 courses. While you enjoy your meal you’ll be entertained by traditional belly dancing, a henna ceremony, a Romany dance, folk dancing, a live DJ, and an asuk-masuk show. You’ll be picked up and transferred back to your hotel, arriving by midnight.

    We did enjoy our tour very much !! It was amazing to se Istanbul at night . Food was tasty ,,you can choose between alcohol and soft drinks . They offer you fruit and coffee after . We got all we asked for . Dancing group was really fun ,,and overall really good atmosphere :)) Would recommend . And tour was much cheaper to book here then from hotel or tourist attraction place.

  • Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

    4. Istanbul: Bosphorus Dinner Cruise with Entertainment

    Climb aboard a pleasure boat for a luxurious cruise along the Bosphorus Strait, while dining from a 3-course menu of Turkish meze and local drinks. Sail past some of Istanbul's greatest monuments, while watching traditional entertainment along the way. Following a pick-up from your hotel, transfer to the yacht for the start of your journey. Get a welcome cocktail on deck as you begin to sail as far as the Black Sea. Cruise between Europe and Asia, passing under the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmed Bridge. See the summer palaces of the Ottoman sultans, such as Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, and Beylerbeyi Palace. Admire the grand Ottoman fortifications of Rumeli Castle and Anatolian Castle.

    Soak up some of Istanbul’s legendary nightlife as you pass famous nightclubs, such as Reina and Sortie. Marvel at the waterside mansions and villas that line the Europea...

    Great experience. Very nice, polite and helpful staff. We enjoyed the performance except the belly dancer. We didn't like her at all. Two years ago I went on the same cruise and the bellydancer was fantastic. Very beautiful and with a smile on her face. The food was ok. The cruise to Bosporus something worthseeing. Transportation from our hotel ok... but felt exposed because noone was wearing a face mask for COVID 19 and the driver didn't say anything.

  • Istanbul: Bosphorus Night Dinner Cruise

    5. Istanbul: Bosphorus Night Dinner Cruise

    You will be picked up from your hotel between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM and taken to the cruise ship in the Bosphorus Strait. Once you board the ship you will sail up the Bosphorus, the waterway between Europe and Asia, passing under the suspension bridges and viewing Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts. When you board enjoy a welcome cocktail before dinner as well as ten different cold starters. For dinner, you will be served a fresh seasonal salad before your main. You will have three options for dinner: grilled fish with scallion garden rocket mashed potatoes, and lemon, or grilled chicken steak with rick and mashed potatoes, or grilled meatballs with rice and mashed potatoes. Throughout dinner, you will be able to enjoy unlimited non-alcoholic local (or optional unlimited alcoholic) drinks. After your entree, you will be se...

    It was OK, don't expect too much, wi-fi is 5 euro on board... Anyway, the staff was very nice...

  • Istanbul: Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

    6. Istanbul: Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus

    After departing from your hotel, you will jump into this unforgettable boat excursion up the Bosphorus, the bridge that separates Europe and Asia. Its shores offer a delightful mixture of past and present, grand splendor and simple beauty. During the journey you'll pass magnificent Dolmabahçe Palace as well as Çırağan Palace, refurbished in 1874 by Sultan Abdulaziz and now restored as a grand hotel. Overshadowing Istanbul’s traditional architecture is one of the world’s largest suspension bridges, the Boğaziçi Bridge, linking Europe and Asia. Tour Program Welcome cocktail on deck D.J. Katibim (traditional Turkish melody musical performance) Asuk Masuk (imitation play of little people from the Taseli district of Silifke, performed by 2 male dancers) Belly dancer Henna ceremony Turna folk team Turkish romany dance Meal Menu Cold Starters: Cold and smok...

    It was really amazing night,, the food was great, and service too.. shows entertained us and was well organized, thanks.

  • Turkish Dance Tickets at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

    7. Turkish Dance Tickets at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre

    Delve into the oriental night as you watch this Turkish dance performance. Be enticed by Turkish folklore dances from different regions of Anatolia performed by professional dancers, blended with modern choreography, stunning costumes, and live music. Enjoy the intimate and authentic atmosphere of this evening show inside the Hodjapasha Cultural Centre, situated within the ancient construction of the Hodjapasha Hamam: a restored 550 year-old Ottoman bath. Admire the original architecture of the building and discover the Dervish exhibition, presented in the foyer area.

    Great show. Dancers were very skilled. The venue is perfect place to grab some good food after the show.

  • Istanbul: Live Whirling Dervishes Experience

    8. Istanbul: Live Whirling Dervishes Experience

    The Sufi Ceremony is a transcendental performance by Sufi Dervishes, also known as Whirling Dervishes. It is referred to as "Semah" in Turkish. You can embark on a spiritual journey and watch the mystical ritual of the Mevlevi Order, whose whirling dance has been declared a UNESCO Heritage of Humanity. The Sema ceremony is a journey through man’s spiritual ascent to perfection through mind and love. do not miss this experience of music and moves. A Dervish is a Sufi, member of the Mevlevi Order. A Sufi is a mystic that seeks to find divine truth and love directly with God. Sufism is the centuries old stream in Islam for the followers of 13th century poet Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi from Konya, Turkey. He is mostly known for the themes of acceptance and tolerance in his teachings and poetry. The community of Sufism developed religious practices focusing on self control that enable both me...

    Event started 30 later than it said on the tocket. It is less a show and more a ritual. Very interesting experience, but quite repetitive from an audience viewpoint.

  • Vialand: Isfanbul Theme Park Admission Ticket with Packages

    9. Vialand: Isfanbul Theme Park Admission Ticket with Packages

    Enter the most exciting theme park in Turkey home to the first shopping center that combines shopping and exhibition centers, entertainment and lifestyle complex. Isfanful (formerly known as ViaLand) offers its guests world-class fun with its park consisting of rides selected carefully from all around the world and specialized staff. Spend quality time with your children and family in a safe environment.  Feel the adrenaline on Nefeskese, the 4th biggest rollercoaster in the world which exceeds speeds of 110 kph in 3 seconds. Then, experience the fantastic 15 m sudden drop on the Viking water ride before heading over to the 360-degree entertainment station which is suitable for all ages.  See all of Istanbul under your feet at the Tower of Justice viewing platform which is 50 m high. Finally, swing on the Saray Salincagi ride, with a 40-person capacity and 20 m diameter cycle. End you...

    The place is nice and clean. But kids between 5 and seven years old might not have a lot of things to do due to heights regulations. They will not enjoy babies section and most of thrilling games needs 120 cm height and above.1cm less is a big issue for them. The worst thing about it is when you leave you will not find a taxi. We stayed there for an hour and then we went by a bus that we dont know where was it going. We made a very long trip from buses to metro and back home. Make sure you arrange your trip with a taxi to take you back before you go. Still its a nice experience for both you and your kids.

  • Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Show

    10. Istanbul Luxury Bosphorus Dinner Cruise and Show

    You’ll be picked-up at your Istanbul hotel and travel by air-conditioned coach to Kabatas port to board a luxury ship for this Bosphorus dinner cruise and show. The Bosphorus connects the Black Sea to the Marmara, dividing the city of Istanbul between 2 continents. The best way to appreciate the beauty of the Bosphorus and the spectacular area views is from the water. During the 4-hour cruise you’ll sail up to the Black Sea from the European side and return from the Asian side. You’ll be able to see many of Istanbul’s top landmarks from the ship, as you enjoy a sumptuous dinner and exciting live entertainment. Dinner Menu Welcome cocktail Hors d’oeuvres (10 kinds of Turkish appetizers) Mediterranean fresh seasonal salad Grilled fish or chicken steak or grilled meatballs Dessert or fruit Turkish coffee Drinks (unlimited local alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks)

    This is a MUST! Amazing show food host and staff, if you want to have a great time THIS IS IT!

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What people are saying about Istanbul

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based on 123 reviews

Funds had everything arranged perfectly. The guide was great and very knowledgeable. I learned a lot from him. It was fun to have someone there to have Troy-educated discussions with. As always, GetYourGuide did a great job of making a lifelong desire to see Troy better than I imagined! Thank you to all!

Wonderfully organized walk with amazing views !!! I recommend this particular variant of a trip to the Bosphorus to everyone!

It was really amazing night,, the food was great, and service too.. shows entertained us and was well organized, thanks.

The greatest trip that you can buy! Our guide Haluk was a very nice and funny guy! I recommend this to everyone!

Excelente experiencia!!!! Muy divrrtida. La cena riquisima! La recomiendo