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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, to the wider European football audience at least, is its incredible ‘Kitalar Arasi’ derby: Galatasaray versus Fenerbahçe.

The Kitalar Arasi rivalry has accumulated legendary status in the pantheon of great football derbies, growing from an innocuous friendly in 1909 to one of the most awe-inspiring spectacles in European football. There are certain places die-hard football fans just need to visit during their time on this planet, but arguably the most exhilarating football experience of them all is the Istanbul derby, experienced in all of its boiling intensity in either Gala’s Türk Telecom Arena or in the cauldron of Fener’s Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.

 

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? Unique accommodation? Local? Sorted.

This trip does include: 

  •  Match Ticket Fenerbahce v Galatasaray (Short Side)
  • Three nights twin room accommodation in Istanbul*
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Stadium Tour in Istanbul
  • Pre-match experience in the city
  • Free 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.

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

Experience the Kitalararasi Derbi

Matchday! Today, Istanbul comes to a standstill and nothing els seems to matter. After having breakfast, 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!)… Later, we will have lunch with some beers at a traditional bar for Fener and meet up with some local Fener fans.

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!

Enjoy some local Cuisine and activities

After recovering from the previous day, more free time and sightseeing lies. Sinan also plans to take you to local pubs where Fenerbahce fans gather to watch games of their beloved team, so it’s going to be an awesome all-round experience. After that, unfortunately, 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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Get in touch with us

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