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The Eternal Derby: Red Star Belgrade v Partizan

Created with Sketch. Belgrade, Serbia
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Duration

4 days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

20 people

Languages

English

Overview

Join us in Belgrade for Europe’s fiercest derby!

Red Star and Partizan have dominated Serbian football since the break-up of Yugoslavia. And when these two meet, you can guarantee a battle of epic proportions.

Walking Belgrade’s streets on derby day will give you the shivers. And this only intensifies when you reach the stadium. Where the flags, smoke, and fireworks combine to create a unique football setting. 

It’s a warzone. It’s hell on earth. This derby is simply amazing.  

As you can imagine, this derby is best seen with a local. And your trip to Belgrade will be led by Ivan – a lifelong Partizan fan and one of our very best guides. 

You’ll explore Belgrade’s rocky history and get the inside track on the incredible sports culture here. With two behind-the-scenes stadium tours and plenty of time to discover the city of Belgrade.

Next season’s fixtures take place on:

October 17th, 2020 (TBD) – Partizan v Red Star
April, 7th, 2021 (TBD) – Red Star v Partizan

To save your space on either trip, please choose your preferred date on the booking form to your right.

Or if you have a question, please click Inquiry on the same form.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the famous Eternal Derby
  • Learn about the rivalry and visit stadiums
  • Explore the Serbian capital with best local tips and guidance
  • Try authentic Serbian food and beers

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrivals and Pub Night
Day 1 - Arrivals and Pub Night

Welcome to Belgrade, a city rich in history, warm-hearted people, delicious food, hectic football culture, and of course - the allmighty rakija. Day one is arrivals day. Airport transfer arranged by Homefans will take you to the hotel. Meet & greet with the local hosts and the rest of the group, check in and refresh. In no time our first group activity starts - the Pub Night. Get ready for a welcome beer from Homefans, and probably some more local beers to follow.

Day 2 - Stadium Tours and Serbian Dinner
Day 2 - Stadium Tours and Serbian Dinner

Who's up for some stadium tours at vintage grounds for breakfast? First, a private minibus picks us up and we head to the legendary Rajko Mitić stadium (still called Marakana informally) where we get a fantastic firsthand experience on a private tour which includes an official guide, trophy hall, pitch tour, and some surprises along the way. After coming by both the official club shop and the ultras shop, we continue our journey to get to know the Partizan stadium, an old school temple of football. Learn about the club's history in the trophy hall, take awesome photos on the pitch, touch the grass, feel like a Partizan player for a moment. A fully immersive football experience like no other. After visiting the club shop, you'll have some spare time for sightseeing and free activities. Make sure you have some rest and your stomach empty, because in the evening we meet in one of the oldest streets in Belgrade, the renowned Skadarlija, for an authentic Serbian Dinner. This gastronomic experience includes finger-licking food, inevitable Serbian rakija drink, and also local music bands to heat up the atmosphere even more. Feel the spirit of Belgrade and it's people!

Day 3 - Match Day
Day 3 - Match Day

Wake up and try to picture the madness that's coming up. This is not your regular match day. So spend your free time in the morning wisely. In the early afternoon, the group meets in a cozy pub for the warm up. Beers, expectations, tension in the air. The locals will share the latest news about the game, and also their own views and feelings about it. Arranged minibus will take us to the stadium to join the pre-game vibe and maybe catch a corteo. Homefans will have arranged the best seats for our group, from where all the action will be perfectly visible and at the same time close enough to keep your goose bumps for a while even after the last whistle. After the derby, our minibus will pick us up and take us back to our hotel. In a mood for more action (after the Eternal Derby, we doubt it)? No problem, you'll get the best tips, Belgrade has a lot to offer on any given night.

Day 4 - Time to say Goodbye
Day 4 - Time to say Goodbye

Back to normalcy. You will wake up still feeling the blast from the day before. And that's fine, trust us. Time to bid a farewell to your local host and fellow travellers and exchange contacts. Hopefully some new friendships for life. Time to say goodbye...until the next football adventure with Homefans.

Included/Excluded

  • Match ticket (Long Side)
  • 3 nights in a 3* hotel in Belgrade (Twin Room)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Stadium tour of Red Star
  • Stadium tour of Partizan
  • Local host
  • Welcome drink
  • Group activities and warm ups
  • Access to Serbian Dinner
  • Optional preset menu at Serbian Dinner - surcharge
  • Insurance
  • Return Flights
  • Single room (available for surcharge)
  • Preset menu at Serbian Dinner (available for surcharge)

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Belgrade, Serbia

FAQs

Is it safe to travel at the moment?
The wellbeing of our travellers and hosts will always be our primary concern. We will send you regular updates before departure about your destination and whether it's safe to travel.

We'll be in touch with detailed information on the health and hygiene guidelines in accordance with local guidlines specific to your trip. We'll also give you information on how to recognise COVID-19 symptoms. We want you to feel as prepared and comfortable as possible!
Do I have to pay the full amount when I book?
Want to book your trip now but pay later? No worries. Just pay the small deposit of 30% to save your place on the trip. You can then pay the remaining amount up to 4 weeks before you depart.
What happens if my game gets cancelled?
If your match gets cancelled, we'll transfer your deposit / payment to another trip of your choice.
Our locals are in constant touch with the local authorities and clubs. And will provide you with updates if it looks like a match might be played behind closed doors or cancelled.
Can I move my deposit to another trip?
We've made it easy to change your travel plans up to 30 days before your departure date. You can choose new dates or a new destination, and you won't be charged anything.

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TimE

29/07/2020

Super ervaring in Belgrado

Een fantastisch aantal dagen gehad in Belgrado met Ivan en Homefans. Alles was top geregeld, Ivan was een uitstekende host en de groep was erg gezellig. De derby was een fantastische beleving, een aanrader!

StefanAn

29/07/2020

Great weekend in Belgrade

I joined the first Belgrade trip with my brother via Homefans. We had a great time in Belgrade with Ivan. He showed us around and made us welcome in his city, the seats in the stadium were great, the Serbian dinner was amazing and the group was also fun. Definitely recommended!

Kevin

27/07/2020

What a derby!

I went with Homefans to the Belgrade derby hosted by Ivan in 2018 and I absolutely loved it. An incredible city and amazing experience all around. Ivan was a great host and we enjoyed every minute of the trip!

Tom Whittaker

23/07/2020

Unbelievable atmosphere and a great city break

Had a tremendous time at March's Eternal Derby at the Marakana. I had always wanted to experience the atmosphere at this fixture and it didn't disappoint- one for any football fan's bucket list. The hosts were knowledgeable and genial and we really enjoyed exploring the city-the nightlife is really good and really cheap. The only thing missing was a goal so we will definitely be back to see how things measure up at the Partizan stadium!

Duncan Quinton

23/07/2020

The Eternal Derby > Eternal Memories

Our group attended the Eternal Derby with Homefans in March 2020 for the game at the Marakana stadium. The hosts were an encyclopedia of not only local, but international footballing knowledge and constantly answered our questions around the stadium, fan culture, the city of Belgrade etc. Belgrade has ranked as one of our favourite European cities with great bars and restaurants , whilst the private stadium tours and derby itself were superb. We've since booked for more trips with Homefans and will return one day for the Eternal Derby at the Partizan Stadium to see how it compares
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Ronald_kl

23/07/2020

Great trip in Belgrade

I booked the Belgrade derby with Homefans last year and had a great time in Serbia with Ivan and the group. Derby was great, food was nice and the city is also great. Thanks Ivan!
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Adam_S

15/07/2020

Had the bestime with Homefans in Belgrade

Had the bestime with Homefans in Belgrade! Everything was as promised: the great serbian dinner, the exclusive stadium tours, best tips for Blegrade from Ivan the host and of course the crazy atmosphere on matchday. A must for every football fan.

Jonne

13/07/2020

Thank you Belgrade!

Had an amazing time in Belgrade! The derby between Partizan and Red Star had absolutely everything. A thrilling atmospfhere and an exciting match to watch. Ivan did a great job by showing us around and giving us a real Belgrade experience. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone!

Jonne

13/07/2020
Had an amazing time in Belgrade! The derby had absolutely everyting, great apmosphere by all fans and an exciting game to watch. Ivan did an excellent job by showing us around. I would definitely recommend this trip to everyone!
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danvg83

13/07/2020

Amazing experience in Belgrade!

This derby is well known for its fierceness and boy it was worth it. But thanks to Ivan, we also got to know more about the clubs, the city and the history of Serbia. And on top of that , amazing food and nightlife! Highly recommended!

Luke

07/07/2020

I had a great time in Belgrade

I had a great time with Ivan in Belgrade for the Eternal Derby. He welcomed us at the airport and showed us around his city. He answered all our questions and knows a lot about football. Thanks Ivan!
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