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Istanbul Derby: Galatasaray v Fenerbahçe

Created with Sketch. Istanbul, Turkey
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Duration

4 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

15 people

Languages

English

Overview

Discover Istanbul’s pulsating football scene with a trip to the Intercontinental Istanbul Derby.

Istanbul is the city where continents collide and where history has pivoted for over 2000 years. This ancient city is stacked with iconic sights and, an eye-watering 14 million people call it home. And every one of these 14 million, from the president to the taxi drivers have an opinion when it comes to the beautiful game.

Istanbul is home to five top-flight teams and three true giants of the game – Beskitas, Galatasary, and Fenerbahce. Three clubs that each command millions of fans and result in a local football scene full of chaos, noise, and colour. On this trip, you’ll take in the city’s most symbolic rivalry – the Intercontinental Istanbul Derby between Galatasary and Fenerbache. This is the game where Europe meets Asia and Istanbul’s two most successful clubs fight it out.

Your weekend will be led by one of our very finest football hosts who is both a football fan and ambassador of this chaotic and mystical city – with them by your side you will discover Istanbul’s relentless football culture from the inside. Plus you will share the experience with a small group of like-minded sports fans for a more memorable, connected and enjoyable experience.

This incredible weekend puts a magical city, great food, and a monumental football scene into the palm of your hand. As well as the match tickets and accommodation – stadium tours and city sightseeing are also included in this fantastic Istanbul weekend.  See you there!

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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
  • Match tickets, accommodation, sightseeing and stadium tours all included!

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 - Gastro city tour and match day
Day 2 - Gastro city tour and 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. Where you can treat yourself to some tasty local food and enjoy one last moment of calm before your crazy matchday experience begins.

You'll meet up with Gala 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 3 - Stadium tours and Free time
Day 3 - Stadium tours and Free time

We will visit one of the cities great stadiums for a behind the scenes tour (which stadium is visited will depend on the match schedule)

If there's another good football game in town, our host will be happy to give you more insight and take you there if you wish (additional match tickets not included in the price).

Or if you'd rather spend more time exploring Istanbul - our host will give you the best tips and things to do. The choice is yours!

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
  • Walking tour through Istanbul
  • Trip manager & Local Host
  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Single room (available for surcharge)

Durations

Multi day

Languages

English

Intensity

High

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Istanbul, Turkey

FAQs

Do I have to pay the full amount when I book?
No, you can secure your place with a deposit of just 30%, then pay the balance at least 4 weeks before your trip date
Is now a good time to book? What about COVID-19?
We believe so! After all, don't we all need something to look forward to right now?

Homefans believe that this tour will operate for the February fixture. However, in the event that 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.
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. For this Istanbul Derby we will sit in the short section with the Home fans.
How many people will be on the tour?
The host for this tour will allow a maximum of 15 people. However this number may not always be met and it may even be possible that your party are 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 you cater to dietary needs and restrictions?
Our locals hosts will do everything they can to cater to travellers needs. Its a good idea to share your requirements at the time of booking so that our host is able to make the required preparations
Are children/young adults allowed on the tour?
Yes, the local hosts allows under 18's on this tour, but they should always be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Where do I meet the tour group?
Transfers are not included in this package so you will need to make your own way to the 4 star central Istanbul hotel we book for you. if you need help with a transfer please contact us.
Will I have to share a room?
In order to keep the costs low we always offer prices based on 2 sharing. If you make a booking for an odd number of people you or another member of your party may be paired with another traveller of the same sex. If you wish you may pay a supplement for a guaranteed single room. Simply make your booking as normal and get in touch with us to arrange this.

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Semih Kiremit

31/07/2020

This was amazing!

Thanks to Homefans I went to a lifelong dream of mine: the Intercontinental derby Galatasaray against Fenerbahce! I had a blast the whole weekend and Homefans arranged everything for us. Our tour guide was the best ever, he made the experience even better. Thanks a lot guys!
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