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Sarajevo Derby: FK Sarajevo v FK Željezničar

Created with Sketch. Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
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Duration

4 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Max 12 people

Languages

English

Overview

COVID-19 Travel Requirements

Travel looks a bit different at the moment, given the advice is ever-changing and will vary depending on where you live Homefans is not publishing specific information however we are linking here to the official Bosnian Department of Foreign Affairs where you will find the latest advice.

Welcome to Sarajevo. A city like no other.

Where East meets West. Split into three cultures, three religions, with war scars still painfully visible from the siege in the 1990s, the longest in modern European history. It was once renowned as a religious melting pot, earning it the epithet ‘the Jerusalem of Europe’. As intriguing as it gets. Nevertheless, its enticing atmosphere and vibrant streets will make you feel very, very welcome. Most of all, this city is about its people. Passionate, friendly and warm-hearted. In the lively alleys of the famous quarter ‘Baš Čaršija’, you will try the arguably most finger-licking (and the heaviest) food in Europe including authentic ‘ćevapi’ and ‘sirnica’. Sarajevo is a place to be, and to remember. Led by our official local host, you will experience all of its hidden gems and its football culture.

Speaking of football culture, the one in Sarajevo is one of the fiercest. FK Sarajevo and FK Željezničar, two local giants whose rivalry began back in the days of the former Yugoslavia, have ever since the independence of Bosnia and Herzegovina fought even harder for the football throne in the capital. Explore the vintage Koševo and Grbavica stadiums and learn about the turbulent history of this rivalry with our local host – an expert in Bosnian football. Immerse yourself in the local football culture, and get familiar with the tiniest bits of the Maniacs of FK Željezničar and the Hordes of Evil of FK Sarajevo. The warm-up before the derby among the fans including delicious and cheap local beer will give you the ultimate football experience with an underground and spontaneous flavour. Welcome to Sarajevo Derby with Homefans!

This carefully crafted 4 day tour includes accommodation, match tickets, stadium tours, guided sightseeing and a traditional dinner.

Book with confidence

Secure your spot(s) with only a deposit and pay the remaining balance 4 weeks before the weekend. If your trip is cancelled due to restrictions, you can move your deposit for any future trip of choice.

Same applies if you are prevented from travelling due to your government banning non-essential travel to the destination or local lockdowns.

Fixtures coming soon…

The next fixture for this Derby is on Wednesday 22 Sep (TBC) – FK Sarajevo v FK Željezničar (First day of the tour will be Monday 20 Sep) – this is now closed for sales as tickets are very limited – get in touch for last minute availability.

We are waiting to find out when the future fixtures will be, contact us to be added to the waiting list.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Live one of the most heated city derbies in the Balkans like a local
  • Get firsthand insight into this arch-rivalry
  • Learn about the complex but magnificent history of Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Pre-game with local fans in the Homefans way
  • Authentic food experience
  • Winter Olympics 1984 experience
  • Includes accommodation, match tickets and a host of activities

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Welcome to Sarajevo
Day 1 - Welcome to Sarajevo

After you arrive safely to the capital of Bosnia & Herzegovina, get ready for a cultural blast! The variety and vintage vibe of this place will already start enticing you while you're on your way to the hotel, and our official local host will meet you there. Count on a couple of intriguing intros about Sarajevo, its history, and football culture, to fire you up while the group is gathering. In the night, get a first glimpse or two around the city, and let our local host take you to the best beer houses in town.

Day 2 - City Experience & Stadium Visits
Day 2 - City Experience & Stadium Visits

It's time to explore this unique place!

After a tasty breakfast, our local host will guide you through historic and monumental places and quarters like 'Baš Čaršija', hidden bazaars of Sarajevo, narrow alleys with buildings still scarred from the siege in the 90's.

Next stop - stadiums! Get familiar with the homes of arch-rivals - Koševo and Grbavica stadiums. Learn more about the history of both clubs and their significance in the old days of former Yugoslavia. Don't worry, you'll have an expert subject - our local host.

Get ready for more sports related stuff - catch a cable car to Trebević Hill, fro where you can see the whole city panorama and the famous bobsled track used for the Winter Olympics in 1984. You will also learn about Sarajevo through its Olympic prism. After that, you'll have a chance to taste some local beers in a pub reminiscent of the 1984 Olympics.

Don't forget, this is the day you'll try the most finger-licking food in your life!

Day 3 - Match Day
Day 3 - Match Day

Wake up and be proud of yourself. You're about to witness one of the most authentic derby clashes in Europe!

After some free time, our local will meet you and go where the action happens. Let yourself go. You'll experience an authentic warmup and meet local fans to share football stories and expectations with. Enjoy the vintage sights of the stadium from outside, and then get inside to check out the 'Hordes of Evil' and the 'Maniacs' preparing their performance including some pyro and tifo!

Witness the derby of Sarajevo, a hot-blooded game which polarises this wonderful city.

After the game, you will be escorted with the rest of the group either to the downtown for more action, or to your accommodation to have some well deserved rest.

Day 4 - Time to Say Goodbye
Day 4 - Time to Say Goodbye

Every great story comes to an end. Last day. Maybe a bit of time tick some small boxes off your Sarajevo list. Make sure you exchange contacts and keep in touch with your new friends. Sarajevo and Homefans will always be open to provide you with a first-class experience. Can't wait to see you again in this magical city or elsewhere with Homefans!

Included/Excluded

  • Match ticket (Long Side)
  • 3 nights in a 3* hotel in Sarajevo (Twin Room)
  • Daily breakfast
  • Stadium visit to FK Sarajevo
  • Stadium visit to FK Željezničar
  • City tour
  • Traditional Bosnian food experience
  • Local host
  • Group activities and warm ups
  • Travel Insurance
  • Return Flights
  • Single room (available for surcharge)

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina

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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