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WELCOME TO ISTANBUL
Considered one of the capitals of football, Istanbul is home of three giants in Turkey: Besiktas, Fenerbahce, and Galatasaray. Istanbul Başakşehir are the team to beat this season. They are currently on top of the league in Turkey and have a team full of stars including Arda Turan, former Galatasaray player.
Football in Turkey is more than just a game, it is part of everyday Turkish life. Most newspapers devote an average of 4 pages daily to the subject, even during the summer when there are no more matches. It is just crazy!!!
ISTANBUL IS A BREATHTAKING CITY. Locals call it ‘the city that is older than time itself’. The ancient town, formerly known as Constantinople, is home to 14 million people and some of the greatest sights on earth, from the Hagia Sophia to the Topkapi Palace – residence of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years. Istanbul is not only the cultural centre of Turkey but the gateway to the East. It is a historic city where both cultures and football collide.
Upon arrival in the city, you will soon realize that football has a more important place than religion in society, which affects all classes of the population. From the President to the taxi drivers, women, men, and children; everyone has an opinion about football and knowing which team you support is such a big deal. The atmosphere, the madness at major games sometimes has no comparison to Europe and even the world. The songs of the supporters, flags, and choreographies provide a memorable show you will not forget.
Unexplainable, you have to live it
As a new destination for Homefans, we will guide you through a city where football is truly alive. We want to give you a different look at how football is like in Turkey: A clash between the huge and feared Galatasaray against the current top league club Istanbul Başakşehir! It is almost David vs Golias, and people just love that! Along with this football madness, our local host and Turkish football expert, Sinan, will guide you through some of the most important and historical spots in the city: Blue Mosque at the Old City, Hagia Sophia and a culinary tour.
– Match Ticket Galatasaray v Istanbul Başakşehir
– Accommodation in luxury 4* boutique for 3 nights in Istanbul
– Local Host
– Daily Breakfast
– Welcome dinner (drinks are paid separately) in a traditional Turkish Restaurant
– Trip manager
Welcome to Istanbul! We are going to take you to your Hotel at a fantastic central location in the Old City. Over there, you will get your portion of Turkish history and significance of the Ottoman Empire throughout its existence.
Our ambassador in Istanbul, Sinan Erkul, will tell you the stories about the big trio, their arch rivalries, and legends about local football idols – the likes of Alex (has a statue in the main gate of Fenerbahche Stadium), Roberto Carlos, Dirk Kuyt, Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder, and others. He will also guide you to his favorite team’s stadium, the Vodafone Arena of Besiktas, one of the most modern and impressive football stadiums in the world. Along the way, he might also tell you the story of how Besiktas fans broke the record for loudest crowd roar in football (132 decibels!).
After all that and some free time we will welcome you to a traditional Turkish restaurant where you’ll be served some authentic local kebabs and other delicious dishes this famous cuisine has to offer.
Gameday! After having breakfast, Sinan will join us once again and will provide sightseeing to breathtaking places like Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar (fancy some awesome authentic shopping? here you’ll find more than 4000 shops!)… After that, we will have lunch with some beers at a traditional Gala Ultras Bar and meet up with UltrAslan boys. They are considered one of the most fearless supporters in Europe. The likes of Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs have openly admitted to Galatasaray being the most intimidating atmosphere of their careers.
Galatasaray will be facing Istanbul Başakşehir, a club that is having a breakthrough this season and is fighting for the title. They are currently first in the league and don’t expect to leave this place soon. After an incredible match experience, get ready for an exotic pub crawl through the streets of Istanbul!
After recovering from the intense day before, there will be more free time and sightseeing ahead. Our ambassador Sinan also plans to take us to local pubs where Besiktas and Fenerbahce fans gather to watch games of their beloved teams, so it’s going to be an awesome all round experience. After that, unfortunately, we’ll all have to pack our stuff and leave this magical place… what we are going to take home with us will be nothing less than amazing memories and stories to tell. Until the next time.
€299 per person
Secure your spot with a €50 deposit per person and pay the remaining amount 4 weeks before the trip. Please note: Flights are not included. Do you want to book flights, get a quote.
We’ll be staying at the luxury 4* Tunel Residence in Beyoğlu. This luxury boutique offers a way of life that combines the comfort of your own home with the service of a luxury hotel that provides flexibility our stay in Istanbul.
Enjoy some free time in the indoor swimming pool, Turkish baths, and sauna & steam rooms between the beers and the football. You won’t regret it!
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