One of the world’s best-known poets, Jalal al-Din Rumi was a Sufi mystic, philosopher and Islamic theologian whose humanist message of universal love, devotion and tolerance have left a spiritual legacy that has transcended faith, language and geography. His teachings have inspired millions of readers and became the base for the Mevlevi Order, whose disciples are known today as the Whirling Dervishes.
This expedition takes in the stunning highlights of Turkey with an in-depth exploration of the life of Rumi. Led by an expert on Sufism and comparative religion, we journey into the mysterious realm of mysticism and examine the exceptional spiritual path taken by Rumi, a path that caused tension within his own community and the wider Islamic religion. Exclusive meetings with Turkish Sufi scholars, visits to ancient Dervish lodges and witnessing mesmerising Whirling Dervish ceremonies helps us peel back the layers of this master storyteller and the traditions he represents, allowing us to gain a unique insight into Rumi’s iconic poetry.
Our broader look at the history, religions, landscapes and culinary treasures of Turkey takes us on a wealth of adventures, including visits to extraordinary Roman ruins and some of the most magnificent mosques and cathedrals ever built.