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The Tel Aviv Derby: Hapoel vs Maccabi

Created with Sketch. Tel Aviv, Israel
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4 days, 3 nights

Tour Type

Specific Tour

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Max 12 people




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 Israeli Goverment where you will find the latest advice.

Join us in Israel to experience the surprising football scene and culture of the Holy Land. We will introduce you to everything this unique country has to offer – turbulent history, amazing food, ancient attractions and of course, football.

Our weekend is based in the great city of Tel Aviv – the city that never sleeps –  home to an enviable selection of restaurants, amazing beaches, fabulous shopping, lively nightlife and much more. Tel Aviv has been ranked as one of the “best cities” in the world according to Time Out magazine.

Football is the most popular sport in Israel so watching a game will deliver an incredibly special experience. The four leading football clubs in Israel are based in the biggest cities in the country: Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Beitar Jerusalem and Maccabi Haifa; and, as you can imagine, some of the rivalries between those clubs are historical and huge.

The Tel Aviv Derby is the most ferocious and historical rivalry Israel has to offer – this is the battle for the capital. In one corner The Reds from Hapoel, associated with the left-wing, working class, and in the other corner the Yellows from Maccabi, historically closely tied with the capitalism movement and the middle class. The Tel Aviv derby always delivers. The players are fighting on the pitch, while the fans are supporting from the packed stands with huge tifos, pyro and more.

Led by your local guide, you will experience an amazing and special weekend, as can be offered only in Tel Aviv and Israel. S/he will have plenty of tips to help you experience Tel Aviv like a local.  Plus you will share the whole experience with a small group of like-minded sports fans.

So, YALLA – see you in Israel!

Book with total flexibility and security.

Homefans and their local hosts are now taking 2021/22 bookings for the Tel Aviv Derby – for the below dates:

Saturday 6 November.  Maccabi v Hapoel.   Trip will start on 5 November 

Saturday 12 February.  Hapoel v Maccabi.  Trip will start on 11 February.

Please note – the matches may move between Saturday and Sunday and days 2/3 of the itinerary may be swapped accordingly. 

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. 


  • Experience the fiercest city derby in Israel
  • Explore Tel Aviv like a local
  • Optional games and city tours in Jerusalem or Haifa
  • Explore Tel Aviv's art scene with a Graffiti tour
  • Culinary experience - try both traditional and modern Israeli cuisine


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Day 1 - Welcome to Israel
Day 1 - Welcome to Israel

Welcome to Tel Aviv, are you ready for your Mediterranean football weekend?

Today we will meet at your accommodation in Tel Aviv. You will be staying in one of the coolest hotels in Israel. A great place to meet other young international travelers, located in one of the best areas of the city – full of restaurants and bars.

After arriving and settling in, you can take it easy and recover from your long travels. At night, we will head out to the one of the chic bars located in the famous Carmel Market, for a welcome drink and gathering. Over a pint or two, we will be discussing our itinerary, giving you some sense about Israel and its football culture.

Day 2 - Free day: Optional trip to Jerusalem or Haifa & game (subject to match schedules)
Day 2 - Free day: Optional trip to Jerusalem or Haifa & game (subject to match schedules)


Option 1 (Full day guided trip to Jerusalem + Beitar Jerusalem game in the evening)

On this day trip from Tel Aviv, we will head out to Jerusalem (approximately one- hour drive) in order to witness some of Israel’s holiest and oldest sites. We will explore the Old City of Jerusalem – visit the Dome of the Rock, an iconic Jerusalem landmark; enjoy some popular Holy Land places such as the Western Wall and the site of the Crucifixion; take a walk around the old Mahne Yehuda market, finishing with an Israeli feast in a traditional restaurant.
We will finish the day in the best possible way, a visit to the famous "Teddy" stadium for a match of the local giants – Beitar Jerusalem. Beitar has the most passionate fanbase in Israel. The notorious "La Familia" ultras organization is well known for its loud support and for their crazy sector "The East Gate".

Option 2 (Full day guided trip to Haifa + Maccabi Haifa game in the evening)
On this day trip from Tel Aviv, we will head out to the port city of Haifa (approximately one-hour drive), To witness one of the biggest and most culturally diverse cities in the country. This day trip will focus on Haifa's unique culinary scene. You will sample the many varied foods that make up the culinary character of this fabulous city. Along the way you will enjoy Arabic style sweets, traditional kebab, the city’s best hummus and much more. Our walking trip continues with a visit to the beautiful Baha'i Gardens, overlooking the city.
We will finish the day in the best possible way, a visit to the famous "Sammy Ofer" stadium for a match of the local giants – Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi has the most loyal fanbase in Israel. The "Green Apes" ultras organization is well known for its loud
support and amazing tifos.

Day 3 - Graffiti tour, City tour, and Match Day!
Day 3 - Graffiti tour, City tour, and Match Day!

Tel Aviv has a lot to offer, the city is well known for its sandy beaches, excellent street food, lively nightlife and bustling graffiti scene. On this day, we will take you on a graffiti tour inside the city’s street art scene, which serves as a unique expression of the city’s character.

Later on, you can explore the beaches of Tel Aviv and hang around the central area of the city independently. For lunch, we will meet at one of Tel Aviv's trendiest restaurants for a modern Israeli feast.

In the evening, finally, the madness we've been preparing for! We will head out to the old city of Jaffa, the southern and oldest part of Tel Aviv and home to the historical Bloomfield stadium. We will grab some drinks with the local supporters and enter the stadium to experience the infamous Tel Aviv Derby. Hapoel has the most fanatic fanbase in Israel and the team takes a big part in fans lives. The "Ultras Hapoel" ultras organization is well known for its tifos and for its loyal and unconditional support to the players. Maccabi has the biggest fanbase in Israel. The "Maccabi Fanatics" ultras organization is well known for its big tifos, corteos and massive celebrations in the city's main locations. It's showtime!

Day 4. Time to say Goodbye
Day 4. Time to say Goodbye

After 3 intense days in Israel, while still buzzing from the exciting experience it is time to say goodbye. Pack your bags, say goodbye to your new friends and share the stories with your friends and relatives. We hope you had a great time and we wish to see you again soon in the Holy Land!


  • 3 nights in an excellent hostel in the heart of Tel Aviv
  • Daily breakfast
  • Match ticket for Tel Aviv Derby
  • City tour
  • Local host
  • Group activities and warm-ups
  • Insurance
  • Flights
  • Single room (available for surcharge)
  • Tips
  • Optional trip to Jerusalem or Haifa (available for surcharge)
  • Optional game of Beitar Jerusalem or Maccabi Haifa (available for surcharge)

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Tel Aviv, Israel


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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