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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.

This weekend we visit the derby between two of the most successful clubs in Istanbul. Both clubs played each other for the first time in 1924. The match staged at Taksim Stadium, finished 2–0 to Beşiktaş. Galatasaray marked their first victory over Beşiktaş when they defeated them 6–2 in the semi-final of the Istanbul Football League on 31 July 1925. Both clubs compete with each other for the title of the most successful football club in Turkey. Galatasaray is the most successful of the two, having won 58 official titles compared to Beşiktaş’ 32 titles. This intense derby will be played at the Türk Telekom Stadyumu that has a capacity 52.223.



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? Unique accommodation? Local? Sorted.

This trip does include: 

  • Match Ticket Galatasaray v Besiktas (Short Side)
  • Three nights twin room accommodation in Istanbul*
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Stadium Tour in Istanbul
  • Pre-match experience in the city
  • Walking tour in Istanbul
  • Trip manager & Local Host

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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.

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 there is a possibility to have a classic Turkish dinner.

Culture and City Tour

After having breakfast, our local host Sinan 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 Galatasaray.

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. Sinan will take us to a typical place where Galatasaray 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.

Extra options

Single Room

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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