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The Basque Derby: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad

Specific Tour Bilbao

From €529,00 529,00


3 Days


Specific Tour

Group Size

Max 15 people




Get ready to immerse yourself in the exhilarating atmosphere of the Basque Derby between Athletic Bilbao v Real Sociedad, a clash that blends football, politics, and religion into a captivating spectacle.

In one city, the levels of fan obsession and media attention reach a fever pitch, creating an electric atmosphere that is unmatched. Despite the myriad of factors contributing to this rivalry, football remains the driving force that unites and divides Bilbao and Sociedad.

During your weekend getaway in Bilbao, located in the heart of the Basque Country in Spain, you will have the privilege of being led by a passionate local Bilbao fan who is eager to share the city’s rich football culture with visitors. Through the eyes of your local host from Bilbao, you will gain a unique perspective and insight into the Basque Derby, understanding the intricacies that make this rivalry so intense and captivating.

This comprehensive three-day package provides you with two nights in a quality 4*  accommodation in Bilbao (Ilunion Hotel San Mamés or similar), allowing you ample time to immerse yourself in the vibrant Basque Country. Before and after the exhilarating match, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the city’s vibrant streets, indulge in delectable Basque cuisine, and soak in the region’s unique flair.


You’ll enjoy a VIP seat in San Mames  to enjoy the Basque derby much more than just a match. The VIP ticket includes a privileged location within the stadium, and an exclusive gastronomic service included with their selection of Michelin star chefs.

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary weekend where football passion intertwines with the distinctive Basque culture. Join us and become part of this captivating rivalry, where the spirit of competition and the desire to be the best merge into an unforgettable experience.


Do you have the Basque derby on your bucket list? You can secure your spot now with a 40% flexible deposit for next season’s Basque derby at San Mamés

Athletic Bilbao v Real Sociedad: 23-25 November, 2024 (Sold Out – On Request)

Final date and time TBD. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to get in touch at!


We now offer the reverse fixture at the Anoeta Stadium. Including a shortside ticket, 2 nights at a 3* Superior hotel, bilingual local host and local activities.

Real Sociedad v Athletic Bilbao: 3-5 May, 2025

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  • Experience the famous Basque Derby like a local
  • Enjoy a VIP treatment inside the stadium with food and drinks included
  • Learn about the history, differences and similarities between Bilbao and Sociedad
  • Discover all stories about the derby together with a local in Bilbao and San Sebastian
  • 3 days to experience all the charms of Bilbao or San Sebastián


Day 1. Welcome to Bilbao
Day 1.  Welcome to Bilbao

The weekend you've been waiting for is here!

Once you've checked in into your hotel (Ilunion San Mamés in Bilbao), there’s some time to recover from your journey or do some sightseeing in Bilbao city centre.

Everything is possible. Like having dinner with the group at one of Bilbao's great restaurants. Or if you're feeling adventurous - make the most of your Saturday night with a few drinks.

Day 2. Match Day in VIP style
Day 2. Match Day in VIP style

It's Match Day!

The Basque Derby awaits! Our local host Aitor will personally guide you through the city, show you the best spots to watch and tell you the best stories about the club, the city and the Basque culture.

After experiencing an amazing pre-match experience surrounded by true Bilbao fans, you'll head to the stadium and soak up in the atmosphere whilst enjoying your VIP Hospitality seats. Enjoy food and drink before the game from Bilbao's Michelin chefs and enjoy the derby from the best spots inside San Mames. The best experience ever!

Day 3. Time to say goodbye
Day 3.  Time to say goodbye

Your time in Bilbao has come to an end but hopefully we will see you soon on another Homefans trip. Don't forget to leave a review for Aitor - we look forward to seeing you shortly!

What you get

  • VIP Match ticket with top gastronomic offering in Bilbao
  • Pre-match Experience in Bilbao or San Sebastián with local
  • Food & Drinks before the game
  • Two nights in a quality 4-star Hotel (Twin Room)
  • Trip Manager & Local Host
  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Tips
  • Extra Nights
  • Daily Breakfast (Optional as an extra)


Do I have to pay the full amount when I book?

You can do it if you wish.

You can also secure your spot with a deposit, and then pay the balance in up to two instalments no later than 60 days before you travel. In this way you can organise yourself and plan ahead with time!

What does a trip include?

A trip on the Homefans marketplace is a carefully hand-picked experience curated by Homefans and the local hosts in the destination to offer a unique sports experience through local eyes.

It usually includes the following:

  • Match Ticket
  • Local Host
  • Pre-Match Experience with local fans
  • Pre-arranged activities

In some cases more activities will be added or some will be omitted (and mentioned in the inclusions)

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 and local hosts work tirelessly to make sure you get the best seats.

We always aim for the long side of the home supporters section.

Can I upgrade my seat location?

We can always upgrade the seat location based on availability, at an extra cost. We do recommend that the group  stays together in the same area to get the most out of this experience, but if you would like to enquire about an upgrade, feel free to get in touch.

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!

How do you plan and execute your trips seamlessly?

The trips and activities on the Homefans marketplace are designed and executed by fully-vetted locals, and supervised and monitored by Homefans.

All bookings made on Homefans are backed by our Buyer Guarantee so you have a peace on mind when booking.

With more than 10,000+ customers , Homefans is one of the biggest specialised sports marketplaces in the world.

Can children / young adults join the tour?

Homefans is for everyone!

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

Will I have to share a room?

In order to keep competitive prices,  the trips on the Homefans marketplace always offer prices based on 2 people sharing.

If you wish to stay on your own in a single room, you may pay a supplement for a guaranteed single room. This can be found on the extras section at checkout and you can add it to the booking. You can also get in touch with us to arrange this.

Can I extend my stay / upgrade my hotel?

Yes, you can extend your stay by clicking on the EXTRAS section at checkout, choosing the number of extra nights you wish to extend your stay.

For a hotel upgrade, please get in touch with Homefans and we will assist you in this matter.

Can I cancel my trip if I cannot travel?

If you foresee that you cannot longer attend this trip, we appreciate if you let us know with time in advance.

According to our Terms & Conditions , if you tell us 45 days before the trip starts, we can keep your deposit and transfer it to another future trip or use it as credit.  The deposit payment is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Why are there local hosts on the trips?

Homefans was created to address a pain point we experienced quite often. You travel abroad to watch a sporting event, yet once you arrive, you still feel like an outsider, with a lack of knowledge around the destination and the event.

The local hosts on the Homefans marketplace address this issue by becoming the local link to your trip. They enhance the experience completely, and create that necessary human connection – and will surely become friends in the future!


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