WELCOME TO ISTANBUL

Locals call it ‘the city that is older than time itself’. The ancient city, formerly known as Constantinople, is home to over 14 million people and some of the greatest sights on earth, from the Hagia Sophia to the Topkapi Palace – which served as the residence of the Ottoman sultans during 400 years. However, one of its main attractions is football. Istanbul is home to 5 football clubs that play in the Süper Lig, the highest level.

Both clubs compete with each other for the title of the most successful football club in Turkey. Fenerbahçe SK is the more successful of the two having won 34 official titles compared to the 32 titles of Beşiktaş JK. Fenerbahçe SK has also been more successful in their head-to-head fixtures.

This fixture will be played in the Vodafone Park, the home ground of Besiktas. It holds a capacity of 41,188 persons. With only a few points between the top teams, it’s anyone’s game to win this match and have shot at the championship!

THE EXPERIENCE

We know the world’s best bits, so your football travel adventure will always be immersive and authentic, and your accommodation hand-picked. Our locals and guides know their destinations and football culture better than anyone, so get off the beaten path with access to a local experience that truly connects you to the destination. We take all the hassle out of travel planning for you. Match tickets? Quality accommodation? Local? Sorted.

This trip does include: 

  • Match Ticket Besiktas v Fenerbahce (Short side)
  • Three nights in 4* accommodation in Istanbul (Twin Room)
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Private stadium Tour in Istanbul
  • Pre-match experience in the city
  • Walking tour in Istanbul
  • Trip manager & Local Host

Good to know

Remember, flights aren’t included for this trip. We’re happy to assist in finding the best options for you. We advise booking flights when the match is confirmed, this is approximately 6 weeks before. Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome to Istanbul!

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 immersed in Turkish history and learn more about the significance of the Ottoman Empire throughout its existence.

At night, we start with a classic Turkish dinner to get to know the local host and the rest of the group and familiarize ourselves with the Turkish culture.

Culture and City Tour

After having breakfast, our local host will join us once again and will accompany us to breathtaking places like the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar (here with over 4000 shops!)…

After exploring the city, we will have lunch and make our way to the Vodafone Park, the home ground of Beşiktaş. We will get a tour of the stadium. We will learn more about the stadium and the history of the club as well as the rivalry with Fenerbahce.

For the tireless ones, it's Saturday night! Why not enjoy some quality nightlife?

Experience the Istanbul Derby

Matchday! Today, Istanbul comes to a standstill and nothing else seems to matter. Let's meet up and go for lunch with some beers at a traditional bar in Istanbul. The local host will take us to a typical place where Besiktas fans meet up to have a beer or two prior to the match.

During the match, you will experience a true clash between two local titans. The great atmosphere the fans usually provide is cranked up to incredible levels 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! Just don’t expect to hear much music as your ears will likely need a week to recover from the cauldron of noise that comes with this match!

In the evening, we can have a final dinner to wrap up this amazing weekend!

Enjoy some local Cuisine and activities

After recovering from the previous day, more free time and sightseeing lies. Unfortunately, this also means the end of our football experience. We are going to have to pack our stuff and leave this magical place.

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Prefer a single room for the duration of your trip in Istanbul? Add this option and enjoy some rest in a private room. price £142

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will Covid19 affect my trip with Homefans?

Are you a bit apprehensive about travelling or booking this trip with the Coronavirus uncertainty? We get you, but you’re in safe hands with us.

We’ve taken a few measures for safety, read more here.

Do I have to pay the full amount immediately?

No, that’s not mandatory. You also have the option of paying a deposit of 30% to reserve your spot.

The remaining balance must be paid 4-6 weeks prior to the trip. Don’t worry, you will be reminded by our team. Can’t make it? You can also transfer your deposit to another trip.

Can I join this trip solo?

Of course! In fact, we welcome a lot of solo travelers on our travels. Our groups consist of a mix between solo travelers and small groups of friends.

Can I join with friends or family?

Yes, of course that’s possible! If there’s availability, it’s always possible to travel with your friends or family. If you want to travel with a larger group, we provide the option of creating a tailor-made football trip. For this you can contact our customer service on info@homefans.net

Do I have free time during the trip?

Certainly! As much as and when you want. We understand better than anyone that our travelers demand free time. We take this into account when compiling our journeys. One prefers to sleep a little longer as he likes to discover the nightlife whilst the other wakes up early to do some sightseeing in the morning. Your choice!

How large will the group be?

We aim to have groups of a minimum of 4 and maximum for 12 people in order to give the best personal experience. This can diverge due to availability.

Can I meet my fellow travelers in advance?

Yes, that’s possible! About a week before the trip we create a Whatsapp group with all the travellers of your trip, Homefans and the local host. This Whatsapp group will be used as the primary communication channel. You can meet all the other travellers and ask questions regarding the destination or trip.

What is the role of the local host during the trip?

Our local is your guide during the trip. He is a passionate fan of the home club and knows the city better than anyone. He can tell you stories about the club and destination, and can answer your questions.

A few hours before the match, our local host will take you to a typical place where fans have a beer or two prior the match. He will let you experience the match through the eyes of a local.

Is the whole group sitting together in the stadium?

Get in touch with us

Feel free to contact us with any questions or enquiries you may have about the Istanbul Derby.