WELCOME TO ISTANBUL
Locals call it ‘the city that is older than time itself’. The ancient city, formerly known as Constantinople, is home to more than 14 million people and some of the greatest sights on earth, from the Hagia Sophia to the Topkapi Palace – the residence of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years. However, one of its main attractions, to the wider European football audience at least, is its incredible ‘Kitalar Arasi’ derby: Galatasaray versus Fenerbahçe.
The Kitalar Arasi rivalry has accumulated legendary status in the pantheon of great football derby’s, growing from an innocuous friendly in 1909 to one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles in European football. There are certain places die-hard football fans just need to visit during their time on this planet, but arguably the most exhilarating football experience is the Istanbul derby, experienced in all of its boiling intensity in either Gala’s Türk Telecom Arena or in the cauldron of the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.
Experience the incredible rivalry off the beaten path with a local host and Homefans.
This trip includes:
– Match Ticket Galatasaray v Fenerbahçe
– Three nights twin room accommodation in Istanbul*
– Daily Breakfast
– Two stadium tours
– Free walking tour in Istanbul
– Trip manager & Local Host
*Please contact our team if you prefer a single room (there`s a surcharge per night), or if you need to request more nights in Istanbul.
28 – 30 September, 2019 | This trip is now sold out.
* TBC – Exact date and Kick-off time to be confirmed 6 weeks before the trip.
Upon arrival in the city, you will soon realize that football has a more important place than religion in society, which affects all population classes. From the bottom to the top, everyone has an opinion about football and knowing which football team someone supports is a big deal. The atmosphere and madness in most of the games sometimes have no comparison to Europe and even the world. The fans songs, flags, and choreography`s provide a memorable show you will never forget.
Unexplainable, you have to experience 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 unique experience on how football is like in Turkey: A clash between the huge and feared Galatasaray against their biggest rival Fenerbahce! It is the match of the season, 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.
Welcome to Istanbul! We are going to take you to your hotel at a fantastic central location in the Old City. Once there, you will get your portion of Turkish history and significance of the Ottoman Empire throughout its existence.
Our local host, 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 Fenerbahce Stadium), Roberto Carlos, Dirk Kuyt, Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder, and others. He will also guide you through 2 stadium tours!
Matchday! 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 (here you’ll find more than 4000 shops!)… Later, we will have lunch with some beers at a traditional Gala Fans Bar and meet up with some local Gala fans.
During the match, you will experience a true clash between the two local teams. The great atmosphere among the fans is incredible during the derby. After the match, everyone is free to do whatever they prefer. Hang out around the local bars or head to a nightclub, it’s up to you!
After recovering from the previous day, you will have more free time and sightseeing ahead. Our local host, Sinan, also plans to take you to local pubs where Besiktas fans gather to watch games of their beloved team, 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.
Skip the touristic routes and tick off one of the biggest derbies in Istanbul in style, the local way
You’ll be staying at a high rated 3* hotel in Istanbul for this weekend. This hotel combines the comfort of your own home with the service of a hotel that provides flexibility for your stay.
DATES & PRICES
27 – 30 September, 2019
€289 per person
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IMPORTANT: The dates are not confirmed yet. Please do not book your flight until we notify you about the exact day and time of the game. Even when the fixtures are released, the game can still be rescheduled. In addition, due to the information mention before, the proposed travel itinerary is subject to change.
We love talking about our trips and love learning about you, so please do not hesitate to get in touch. Contact us via [email protected] so we can reach out and answer all of your questions!
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