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Worthwhile trips and things to do!

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Worthwhile trips and things to do!

I was in Bitez for 1 week and got a fair few trips done in a relatively short space of time. With the exception of one trip they all turned out to be surpisingly good value

1. TURKISH BATH (10€ or £8 transfers included)

Everyone should do this. I went with 2 other Irish girls. The hotel was fabulous. We go in take sauna and we are in our bikinis.

Then we go into the bath place.

I had presumed it would be women only, seeing as its a majority Muslim country.

Suddenly 2 Turkish guys come through the door. They were wearing tiny dresses that I was afraid would fall off and reveal way too much. They told all us girls to lie face down. I did just that. Then one of them points to me come here, and tells me to lie down. LOL I do what I am told. He gave me the massage which was nice but I felt I was about to burst out laughing. Especially when he put his face down next to mine whilst I was struggling to control fits of laughter.

As my friends were watching, he made me lie face down and snapped open my bikini so he could massage my back. the fits of laughter I was hearing. Then when he was finished he put it back on with only one hand. He obviously had lots of practise in that department. hahhaha. There were 2 guys who truly kove their jobs. It was a great experience.

2. MOONLIGHT CRUISE (10€ meal included, boat trip and transfers)

This trip easily had to be the best value. We were taken to a gorgeous part of the coast, docked and socialised with other holiday makers whilst having a few drinks. The music they were playing was a bit cheesy but its all part of the fun.

The food was grand, not gormet but for 10€ you can t really complain. There was certainly enough of it. Meat, bread, pasta and salad.

Then we sailed to Bodrum and saw the castle at night. It made for lovely pictures. Great night out and I d highly recommend it!

3. EPHASUS (45€ (includes lunch, transfers, entrance to Epesus) Though Virgin Marys house is 6 lira extra

This trip was brilliant. Up at 6AM First we went to a jewellry factory, wasn t really interested though they had some nice stuff. Then we saw Ephasus.It was brilliant though the heat was unbearable. We had luch which was ok. Then we went to a pottery place and then we saw the Virgin marys house. Its really nice and peaceful even if you are not religious its lovely to see and feel the peace and quiet.

Then we were back for 8. I was exhausted.

4.KOS €25 (Transfers and boat fare included)

This was an interesting trip. Kos takes only about 1 hour to get to. Though its a bit of a pain having to queue and get your stamp to get on the boat.

Kos is a very pretty little Island. We enjoyed strolling around the shops and the marina.

Duty free available as well so another plus for this trip.

Well worth it!

5. DREAMGIRLS 27€ (show, dinner and 1 local drink included) No transfers inc

This was easily the most dissapointing excursion I have been on. I don t usually go for the night out thing whilst on holidays. as I find them tacky and bad value for money.

Even when the Irish rep was describing it she was kind of making a face. I knew the type of humour wouldn t be my cup of tea. My friends wanted to go so I said yeah ill give it a try.

We arrived at 8 and we offered 1 free local drink.

We had dinner, there was no starters or desert, a tiny amount of bread came with it. The "dinner" consisted of 2 small bits of chicken and few french fries. I don t eat big meals but these were really skimpy portions. You wouldn t want to have been starving.

They seemed to want to chew up alot of time beforethe show started. They showed a 10 minute clip of various films songs and dances. By this stage we had been there 2 hours.

Because I paid in Euro one of the waiters gave me back far less change than I was owed. So just be careful if you are paying for drinks in sterling or euro.

The show basicly consisted of drag queens miming to songs like Rehab, hairspray, etc. They did one sketch where they impersonated Little Britain and that was kind of funny but very little effort on their part.

They spoke with the audience very little. They made the usual predictable jokes about Scotland, Wales and England. However when they came to our table and heard we were from Dublin they were at a bit of a loss of how to make fun of us (they obviously werent familiar with Dublin)

They had silly gags like fake boobs, or glasses that sprayed out water.

It really wasnt my cup of tea. I don t think the Turkish, German or Irish tables were really feeling the humour. I actually can t understand why German or Turkish people were there. You really would want to be a native English speaker and a good knowledge of English TV to understand some of the puns. I understood and got everything and even then it wasnt funny for me.

It wasnt even that it was English humour, I just felt it was really silly and half attempted.

Not the best value for money. I don t really believe this was a hit show in England.Maybe there is a reason they moved to Turkey. Then again some people had tears of laughter rolling down their cheeks so I dunno.

I just wouldn t recommend it. If you go eat something beforehand as I got sooo tipsy that night ;-) (may have had something to do with free drinks given to us afterwards)

One good thing though was that the managment spotted me and my friends and invited us to stay back for drinks when the show was over. We got 2 rounds and it was a better laugh with them after all.

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1. Re: Worthwhile trips and things to do!

Hi,İ remember your original posting asking for info about Bitez and food for your Father.İt sounds as if you certainly packed plenty into your week.So glad you had a good holiday.Regarding the guy on the bar who kept trying to give the wrong change,you ought to have had a quiet word with the bar manager about him.Staff are usually very careful about giving change and as you say he was obviously a bit of a sly character.He sounds like one of the bad apples that need weeding out and no hotel would knowingly employ someone who does something like that.

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Hi there,

The problem with the guy in the hotel was that he was part of the managment (I don t want to be too specific as I don t think thats allowed on TA)

He really was pulling a fast one when he claimed the euro is 1.5 lira! There is no way he didn t know the true rate especially as its posted in reception.

As for the guy at Dreamgirls, I just think i didn t want to cause a fuss. The difference he kept was 2.50€ about 4-5 lira. Its not much I know but its a little cheeky!

I mean I didn t let these few incidents spoil my holiday, I would just recommend that one should pay in Lira rather than sterling or Euro.

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Hi ya.. Your posts are very helpful thanks.. I was just wondering where did you get the tickets for KOS and the midnight boat cruise? Was it from the stalls along the beach front? I am heading to Bitez again in a week and the last time we went we didnt do any day trips so would like to explore a bit more this time...

Thanks a mill

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I bought all the tickets through the budget travel rep. Otherwise they do sell similar tours down by the sea front in Bitez.

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Oh and I think you can buy the KOS tickets at the port in Bodrum, but its sooo much handier with budget travel including transfers. I can t stand the tiny bus to bodrum and at least the Budget travel bus was air conditioned.

Oh and please note when you go through "customs" (its like a gate) You have to queue up in an office to get the exit stamp as you are going to Greece. likewise when you are returning you have to go to the same office to get an entry stamp.

A few people tried to go out without doing this and had to queue again for a long time.

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Cheers so much for the tips!

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Hi Luckyangel

We have a day in Ephasus off a cruise ship in December and want to get a taxi or private guide to see as much as possible.I was interested in your day out for 45euros. It sounds too good to be true as I am being quoted over $200. Could you tell me how you got the tour please? We are not interested in carpets or jewellery.

Thanks

Boondy

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These are coach trips booked through local travel agencies.This means a large group 45-50 people and not huge amount of time actually at Ephesus.Plus they always stop at carpet farms/gold centres.!Have a look on the Kusadasi and Selcuk forums and you will find recommendations there for private guides and also small group tours at a better price than you have been quoted.

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Thanks for this review.

What part of Kos is it you sail to? Is it Kos (Town)?

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10. Re: Worthwhile trips and things to do!

Yes,the ferry port is in Kos Town.As you come off the ferry you walk alongside the castle walls and within 5 minutes you're in the town centre.

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