Turkey by Eric Cantona

Istanbul is where East meets West, the Bosporus separating continents, cultures and football rivalries. Istanbul screams timeless history from every narrow street. The city has witnessed civilizations evolve and wither in the quicksand of time over the last 2000 years, but ever since English traders introduced the game of football to harbour workers in the late 19th Century, one thing remains constant: Istanbul’s love of football.

Trip highlights

instanbul football flags

Experience the rivalries close up with a local Istanbul derby match

Nobody displays their local rivalries as passionately as Istanbul residents! Home to five top-flight teams and three iconic legends of the game – Galatasary, Beskitas,and Fenerbahce – a match in Istanbul should be a ‘must experience’ in all football fans’ lifetimes.

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Stadiums stadiums stadiums

With so many top flight clubs in one city you are spoiled for choice! We head to the big three’s stadiums for museum and stadium tours, experienceing teh differnet Istanbul districts as we go.

instanbul boys playing football in street

The most intense rivalries in world football

Hear about how one game in 1934 became the catalyst for the “Eternal Rivalry” betwen Galatasaray and Fenerbahce and how thos erivalries continue and influence the cities communities with our Istanbul football masterclass.


Itinerary

DAY 1 - WARM UP
DAY 2 - EXPERIENCE THE PASSION
DAY 3 - THE BIG MATCH
DAY 4 - FULL TIME
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Accommodation

Your Looking FC accommodations are hand-selected for each and every game from a portfolio of rigorously-vetted hotels. Our Trip Design team prioritizes location, proximity to activities, comfort, amenities, and overall design to ensure your stay is a goal, every time. Think urban cool, easygoing, and authentic – the perfect spot to rest and relax after a home team victory! In Istanbul, we use hotels such as The Haze Karaköy or the Nabu Hotel Karaköy, or similar.

Inclusions

What's Included

  • GAME SEATS: The superfan experience in all its passion and glory
  • MASTERCLASS: Deep dive into local football culture, led by a local personality
  • ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE: An inside look at the legendary stadiums of one of football's greatest cities
  • CITY WALKING TOUR: Get to know the home team's stomping grounds with a football-themed city walking tour
  • HUMAN-FIRST: You'll learn the songs and chants to yell with the fans in the home team's stadium
  • TRIP CAPTAIN: A Trip Captain is available 24/7 to host and enhance your experience. Trip Captains are local experts and fans who are there to make sure you're having the trip of a lifetime!
  • FOOD & DRINKS : Breakfast is included every morning, along with two curated group dinners, and one lunch. Plus, we'll celebrate with a nightly round of drinks on Eric!

Reasons to Book

Football with multicolour spots

ULTIMATE MASTERCLASS

All trips are vetted by the King, Eric Cantona himself, to maximize the most important aspect – passion.

footballer going to strike ball

FOOTBALL TRAVEL EXPERTS

Our exceptional experiences are led by local football fanatics who know the heart and the soul of their club inside and out.

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FAN CHANT WORKSHOP

We provide the most authentic and action packed football fan experiences imaginable

football after scoring goal

FIND YOUR VOICE

We connect you to a community of passionate football fans who are the beating heart of the football experience

Rating

Amazing from start to finish!

After finding this ‘once in a lifetime’ experience for my husband’s birthday it was a no brainer! From the minute we booked, the team acknowledged and knew who we were, being on hand with any questions. Upon arriving in Marseille, the team welcomed us at the hotel and were extremely accommodating with our later than planned arrival! And from that moment onwards, they were approachable, friendly, helpful, fun and extremely clear in organising a group of 50+!

I wasn’t sure how we would find an itinerary based trip, usually deciding what we do each day when away, but honestly, we would do it again in a heartbeat. The planned activities were all 10/10, unforgettable experiences – and the amount of ‘free time’ you get inbetween to do your own thing and explore the area balances it all out.

The trip was surreal, an experience you wouldn’t ever dream possible (especially for my Husband, meeting and spending two days with his all time football hero!!).

Don’t even hesitate when considering booking, the memories you make and the people you meet are worth every penny!

Thank you again to Dharma and LookingFC for making my husband one happy man 😂🙌🏻 and for giving us the trip of a lifetime!

– Jess Southworth

Rating

Marseille. Cantona. Magnifique!

The Looking FC team managed to capture an exclusive, authentic and local football experience for travelers from all around the world. From learning about the culture in Marseille to the many activities with Eric Cantona, the trip went beyond my expectations!

-F Khan

Rating

A unique experience!

A unique experience! Meeting King Eric Cantona was incredible! Dharma, Looking FC and his wonderful crew made a dream come true! Lots of new friends coming from all over the world made this trip and my birthday something to remember for the rest of my life!

– Eric

Turkey by Eric Cantona

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