Guidebook Updates for Greece

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our guidebooks on Greece, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

Across Greece

  • The "Athens & the Peloponnese" map on the foldout map included in Rick Steves Greece and in Rick Steves Pocket Athens has the incorrect scale; it should read "40 Kilometers / 25 Miles."
  • For information on Greece's archaeological sites and museums, a better website than what's printed in the books is http://odysseus.culture.gr/index_en.html.

Athens

  • In Athens, Uber operates as UberTaxi. You'll still book your ride through the app, but a taxi will pick you up. Rates to and from the airport are fixed, so Uber won't save you money on this route. It's still useful for the convenience and familiarity.
  • Gazi College Eatery has closed.
  • Tylixto Greek Wrap restaurant is now Ermina's Grill House.
  • Hotel Grande Bretagne’s Roof Garden Restaurant has a new website: www.gbroofgarden.gr.
  • The Zillers email is: info@thezillersathenshotel.com.
  • The Acropolis Museum has doubled its price from €5 to €10.
  • Museum of Greek Popular Instruments, previously free, is now €3. It also has new opening hours: Wed–Mon 8:30–16:00.
  • The Library of Hadrian is now open daily 8:00–20:00 (shorter hours off-season).
  • The Roman Forum is now open daily 8:00–20:00.
  • The National Archaeological Museum has new hours: Daily 8:00–20:00 except Tue from 12:30; Nov–March 9:00–16:00 (Tue from 12:30).
  • The Benaki Museum of Greek History and Culture is no longer open until 24:00 on Saturdays (it's still open Thu until 24:00).
  • As many museums have throughout Greece, a few Athens museums are now closed Tuesdays instead of Monday: the Byzantine and Christian Museum, Benaki Museum of Greek History and Culture, and the Museum of Greek Popular Instruments.
  • CHAT Tours has a new website: www.chat-tours.com.
  • The tourist police have moved to east of the Central Market in Psyrri (Dragatsaniou 4, tel. +30 210-322-2230).
  • George's Taxi has a new email: info@taxigreece.com.
  • Olympic Traveller taxis is now Tune in Tours and has new contact info: tel. +30 210-653-7209, mobile +30 697-320-1213, www.tuneintours.com, info@tuneintours.com. Tune in Tours have also taken over the tour company Greek Travelling.
  • The Sunshine Express tourist train is now only for private tours.
  • The main tourist information office near the Acropolis now stays open later all week (Mon–Fri 8:00–21:00, Sat–Sun 10:00–18:00). Their new email is info@visitgreece.gr.
  • All Metro lines except Line 1 start running at 5:30 (Line 1 starts at 5:00).
  • When using the Metro, it's now required that riders scan their ticket at the turnstile each time they start and end a journey. For buses, scan your ticket as you board.
  • Athens' transit system is gradually transitioning from single-use paper tickets to multiride "passes" and a smart card system that’s reusable and rechargeable. The new multiride passes are available as paper tickets with 2, 5, or 11 rides (appears as "10+1" on ticket machines). They offer a slight per-ride discount and do not expire, but cannot be shared between people.

  • The two "back-door" exits from the Agora, at the South Gate and to the Apostolou Pavlou pedestrian street, are closed. Visitors to the Agora can only enter and exit at the main entrance on Adrianou street.
  • The Theater of Dionysus can only be visited from within the Acropolis site. Admission is included with Acropolis ticket.
  • A second entrance — on the south side of the Acropolis — is now open across the street from the Acropolis Museum. It is often less crowded than the west entrance.
  • The €20 Acropolis ticket (€10 Nov–March) now covers just the Acropolis and sights on the north and south slopes, including the Theater of Dionysus. If buying this ticket, you can save time by purchasing it at the south entrance ticket office rather than the often-crowded main (west entrance) Acropolis ticket office.

For books printed before July 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Kazani Meze Restaurant has closed.
  • Folli Follie shop has closed.
  • Pantopolion shop has closed.

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

Hydra

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Mandraki Bay, a pebble beach east of Hydra, is no longer free – there is a €12 fee.

For books printed before July 2017, the following may also apply:

  • There are no direct ferry connections between Hydra and Mykonos or Santorini. Travelers from Hydra must return to Athens' port of Piraeus in order to connect to Mykonos or Santorini by boat.

Kardamyli & the Mani Peninsula

  • The museum near the Pyrgos Dirou Caves has closed.
  • Taverna Perivolos has closed.
  • Studio Sirenes (also previously Gorgones Studios) is now Marina Studios & Gorgones Rooms (Les Sirenes), and they have new contact info. Marina: mobile +30 698-572-7177; Gorgones: mobile +30 693-233-4855, www.gorgonesrooms.gr.
  • Hotel Anniska and Hotel Liakoto have a new email: info@anniska-liakoto.gr.

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

  • To Aloni Bar in Kardamyli has closed.
  • Rogi Bar in Kardamyli has closed

Monemvasia

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The Upper Town has reopened to visitors, following a years-long structural-reinforcement project.

Mykonos

  • Local guide Antonis Pothitos's new email is info@delosguide.com.
  • The Mykonos Folklore Museum is now closed Sunday year-round.
  • The Mykonos Archaeological Museum has new hours: daily 9:00–18:00, Thu–Sat until 21:00, closed Tue, shorter hours Nov–March.
  • Restaurant Madoupas has closed.
  • Hellenic Seaways no longer runs ferries between Mykonos and Santorini. SeaJets still runs.

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The first printing of Rick Steves Greece, Fourth Edition includes a version of the Mykonos Town map (pp 398–399) that lacks a key; here's a downloadable PDF of the corrected Mykonos Town map.

Nafplio

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

  • Aroma Guesthouse has closed.
  • Epi Skinis restaurant has closed.
  • Savouras restaurant has closed.

Psyrri

  • Melissinos Art sandal shop has moved to Tzireon 16, two blocks down Athanasiou Diakou from the Akropoli metro station in Makrigianni.

Santorini