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Istanbul Derby: Fenerbahçe v Galatasaray

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Duration

4 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Max 15 people

Languages

English

Overview

COVID-19 Travel Requirements

COVID-19 entry requirements for Turkey vary depending on your home country.  To find out more you can visit Turkey’s consular site and select your country of origin.

Last updated.  09 November

Considered one of the capitals of football, Istanbul is home of three giants in Turkey: Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray. Football for them really is more than a sport, 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!

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.

Understanding Turkish culture requires an understanding of the love that Turkish people have for football. This sport moves people’s passions to the point of delirium. Turkish football fans not just support their team and cheer for them, but they follow and analyze every move of their favourite teams in the papers, wear clothes adorned with their team’s symbols and logos, and endlessly talk about the matches with friends as well as strangers in every kind of social situation.

In this trip, you will meet our English Speaking Homefans Local Host who will take care of the whole group at all times. You will visit the Old Town and walk through the main landmarks, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. He will be able to connect football with amazing stories from these specials places.

Think about a tasty and delicious Kebab or visiting Besiktas neighbourhood, Sinan’s club? You will have that in the same day. They have a huge fan base, known as the “Çarşı”. It is one of the most well-known ultras groups in Europe, supporting the team home and away, being very loud and creating an electrical atmosphere during games, especially at the European cup games. RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner was forced to wear earplugs and also held his hands to his ears before he was taken off during a Champions League game, in a hostile atmosphere inside the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul. We will have an amazing behind the scenes Stadium Tour and Sinan will be able to tell you the best stories about his club and the rivalry with Galatasaray.

Next, Asia! Yes, the match day everybody is waiting for! We will jump in a boat and drive to through the Bosporus River to the Asian side of the city. Take this moment to enjoy and watch the beautiful mosques and important monuments from the sea. Arriving in the docks, we will go straight to Fenerbahce area and its stadium, to have a pre-match experience with local supporters. Then, check out on some Fenerbahce murals and go to the match!

Are you ready?

Book with confidence

Homefans and their local hosts are now taking bookings for the Istanbul Derby for the below dates:

Fenerbahce v Galatasaray.  Sunday 10 April (First day of the tour will be Friday 08 April)

You can secure your place with a 30% deposit and should circumstances change this becomes credit for any future trip. For more information about our flexible policies scroll down to read our FAQs or visit our Book with Confidence page.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the fiercest football game in Turkey
  • Explore Istanbul with the best local tips and guidance
  • Sample delicious authentic food
  • Learn the history of Istanbul and Turkish football

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Welcome to Istanbul
Day 1 - Welcome to Istanbul

Today's all about getting together, as adventurous football fans from across the world arrive in Istanbul for derby day.

You'll meet your local host Sinan - who'll kick off the trip in style by taking you to a traditional Turkish food place for dinner.

So you can meet your fellow travelers and prepare for an incredible, jam-packed day of action tomorrow.

Day 2 - Stadium tours and Free time
Day 2 - Stadium tours and Free time

Istanbul is a city of many stadiums and clubs...but we will head to Besiktas to have an amazing stadium tour behind the scenes.

If there's another good football game in town, our host will be happy to give you more insight and take you there.

Day 3 - Match day
Day 3 - Match day

It's matchday! And what a day this is.

Today starts with a magnificent city tour and a look into this city's amazing history. You'll see the best of Istanbul with your local host and marvel at sights like the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and the Grand Bazaar.

Then we'll visit the historic Besiktas area along the European shores of the Bosphorus strait. From there, we will take the boat or go by mini-van to the Asian side of the city to meet up with Fenerbache supporters groups, to learn their chant and get immersed in their local fan culture before heading to the stadium together. Where you'll see one of the loudest and most insane football atmospheres on Earth!

After the game, your host will be happy to give you the best nightlife tips. Or help you get back to the hotel and recover after a truly crazy day!

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

Unfortunately, even the finest (and craziest) adventures must come to an end. But the new friends and fantastic memories you've made will last for a lifetime.

It's time to pack your bags, check-out, and say goodbye to the majestic city of Istanbul. But don't forget to stay in touch with your fellow travelers - you might meet them on another Homefans sooner than you think!

Included/Excluded

  • 3 nights in a 4* hotel in Istanbul (Twin Room)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Match ticket (Short Side)
  • Private stadium tour
  • Pre-match experience in the city
  • Mini-van or boat for the match day experience
  • Walking tour through Istanbul
  • Trip manager and Local Host
  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Single room (available for surcharge)

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Istanbul

FAQs

Will the stadiums be open in 2021/22? At what capacity?

Homefans believe that stadiums will be open to fans, however we cannot at this stage confirm what the capacity will be.  However our flexible booking policies mean that if the stadium will only accept 50% fans and you decide you only want to travel with 100% attendance you can swap to another venue or another date.

Will I need to prove I am vaccinated? Or show a negative test?

This will vary destination to destination and based on your nationality and age. Therefore Homefans are not able to advise on this.  Please check the foreign ministry of your destination and home country and the stadium requirements.  Again, if you find the requirements too much you can defer to later in the season/year when they relax further.

COVID-19 hasn’t gone away- should I still book?

We believe so, we all need something to look forward to.  But we understand that people may be apprehensive which is why we have created a flexible cancellation policy which means in the event that the event does not happen the amount paid simply becomes Homefans credit. 

You can transfer this to a later date (with no time limit), transfer to another tour, or even give it to a friend. This flexibility also applies if you decide to cancel for any reason (as long as you give us 45 days notice)

Where in the stadium will we be sitting?

If we know where you will be sitting we always mention this is in the inclusions section.

Unfortunately we are not always able to tell you that at the time of booking, however our destination managers work tirelessly to make sure you get the best seats. We always aim for the long side of the home supporters section.

How many people will be on the tour?

The maximum number of people the host will allow is stated above. However this number may not always be met and it may even be possible that your party is on the tour on your own. Higher numbers make for a more sociable experience, lower numbers make for more personalised attention from your host. Look at it as a win/win!

Can children / young adults join the tour?

If we can accept children there will be an option in the booking flow. However for many trips our local hosts take the decision, based on the content of the tour, to open this up to adults only. If you are looking to travel with under 18’s, please feel free to contact us and we can discuss your options.

Is the match date confirmed?

Weekend matches can move from Saturday to Sunday and vice-versa.  We provide the current scheduled date but we would advise you only to book the matchday experience if you are available in the destination for the whole weekend.

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Thomas Høeg

31/07/2020

Great atmosphere in Istanbul

Excellent planning, excellent service and excellent tourguiding (thanks a lot Sinan👌). Combined with amazing city of Istanbul and great foodball. Biggest recommendation and for sure not the last time I have travelled with Homefans.
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