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Mother of all Battles: Panathinaikos v Olympiakos

Created with Sketch. Athens, Greece
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Duration

3 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Max 15 people

Languages

English

Overview

Are you ready to experience one of Europe’s fiercest Derbies?

The Derby of the eternal rivals is a football local derby in the Athens, capital and the most important city in Greece. It is a match between the most successful clubs of Greece, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos. The rivalry between them and their fans is intense, thus this derby has always been a classic for the Greek capital, as well as the whole of Greece, the most prestigious in the country!

The derby is traditionally included among the world’s top 10 greatest football derbies by the international media, American network CNN has ranked the Olympiacos – Panathinaikos derby among the ten greatest football rivalries of all-time. In October 2014, BBC named the Olympiacos – Panathinaikos derby as “Europe’s maddest derby and in September 2019, Daily Mirror ranked the derby of the eternal enemies as the fifth most important derby in the world.

Both clubs compete with each other for the title of the most successful football club in the country, as well as the greatest Greek sports club overall. Their football departments have always been the most attractive among their fans and they have a long-standing antagonism since they first met in the fields, but the rivalry also extends into other team sports such as basketball!

Domestically, Olympiacos is the most successful football club in Greece, having won a record 79 major official titles compared to Panathinaikos’ 44 titles and also being the most successful in their head-to-head fixtures. On the other hand, Panathinaikos boast of their better performance in European competitions (no Greek team has ever won a European title).

Together with our local host Nikos, born and raised in Athens, we will go learn the Greek way of watching football and the culture around it.

In this trip, we will have the most amazing, local and authentic experience in Athens. A combination of perfectly located accommodation, city tour thought the main sites, stadium tour and of course, the intense Derby! Get ready to immense yourself into Greece’s football culture!

Book with confidence

Homefans and their local hosts are now taking 2021/22 bookings for the Athens Derby – and while we don’t know the exact dates yet, given stadiums will have been closed for 18+ months there will be huge demand. We have opened this tour up for bookings on 01 Jan 2022 which will allow you to make a booking and guarantee your place. 

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 heated atmosphere of the Derby: Panathinaikos x Olympiakos
  • Get familiar with the Greek culture with a local
  • Explore of the most important cities in the world: Athens
  • Eat amazing street food and drink traditional beer in the pre-match experience
  • Check out the behind the scenes in the stadium tour

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Welcome to Athens and Stadium Tour
Day 1 - Welcome to Athens and Stadium Tour

Welcome to Athens!

One of the most important cities in the world, the birthplace of philosophy, democracy and western civilization, the capital of Greece is just amazing. Home of the two giants: Panathinaikos and Olympiakos, you will experience like a local the "Mothers of all Battles".

After arriving and getting picked up in the airport, we will go directly to one of the stadium tours, to get to know better the club's history and start warming up for the upcoming match.

At night, we will book a table in a traditional restaurant, with amazing Greek food and beers! Our local host will be able to tell you the best stories of the Derby and football in the country!

Day 2 - Derby Day
Day 2 - Derby Day

Today is definitely what everybody is waiting for!

We will begin with a city tour through the main sites of Athens, where the local host will combine with stories related to football and the most important clubs of the country. There is a lot to know about it!

Then, we are going to eat in a local restaurant and start our pre-match experience. After that, we will walk towards the stadium, meeting fans in the way and drinking traditional beer! Get to know the real and local supporters!

At the match, get ready for 90 minutes of intense football and party in the stands! A lot. of pyros, flares and flags are expected to come from the fans!

Day 3 . Time to Say Goodbye
Day 3 . Time to Say Goodbye

Unfortunately, it is time to go back home!

We will pack our stuff in the hotel, check-out and go to the airport to get our flights back home. The ones who are staying longer, a nice end of the trip!

Included/Excluded

  • Accommodation 4* hotel centrale located in Athens for 3 nights (Twin Room)
  • Match Tickets: Panathinaikos x Olympiakos (Long Side)
  • Homefans English Speaking Local Host
  • Airport Transfers
  • City Tour
  • Panathinaikos or Olympiakos Stadium Tour
  • Return Flights
  • Insurance
  • Tips

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Athens, Greece

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)

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 depending on your destination.

Where in the stadiums 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.

Can you cater to dietary needs or requirements?

Our local hosts will do everything they can to cater to travellers’ needs. It’s a good idea to share your requirements at the time of booking so that our host is able to make the required preparations

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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