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

For books printed before June 2016, the following may apply:

  • Some ferry routes indicated on our full-color map of the Peloponnese are not operating anymore. This updated map shows a more accurate representation of ferry lines currently operating.
  • International train service has resumed between Thessaloniki and Belgrade (Serbia) and Sofia (Bulgaria). Given that connections are still sparse, for most travelers flying remains the best way to reach Greece.

Athens

  • Athens is introducing a smart-card system for its transit system. Riders will purchase a reusable, rechargeable card instead of individual tickets. But, since it's a new system and implementation is gradual, travelers should be prepared for either.
  • The Benaki Museum of Greek History and Culture no longer offers free entry on Thursdays.
  • The National War Museum is no longer closed on Mondays.
  • Kazani Meze Restaurant has closed.
  • Folli Follie shop has closed.
  • Pantopolion shop has closed.

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

  • 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 Theater of Dionysus ticket office rather than the often-crowded Acropolis ticket office. The €30 Acropolis combo-ticket covers the Acropolis and Theater of Dionysus, along with the Ancient Agora, Roman Forum, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Library of Hadrian, and Keramikos Cemetery. The combo-ticket is valid for five days, and since you can buy it at any participating sight, it allows you to skip the ticket-buying line at the Acropolis.

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • The main collection of the Museum of Greek Folk Art is closed through 2016; its ceramics collection (near Monastiraki) is also closed, as the mosque that houses it is under renovation.
  • The Acropolis Museum is now open seven days a week (Mon 8:00–16:00, Tue–Sun 8:00–20:00, Fri until 22:00). Also worth noting: You no longer need a museum entry ticket to shop at the museum store or to visit the restaurant on the upper floor.
  • The rooftop terrace at Filistron (Φίλιστρο) restaurant in Thissio has closed, but its indoor space still welcomes diners.
  • The Olympic Traveller tour service is now part of Greek Travelling, and offers tours of Athens as well as sites beyond Athens, including shore excursions and multiple-day tours to Meteora and the Peloponnese.
  • The nice guys at Avanti/Swift car rental have moved to 13 Dimitrakopoulou, and have new contact information: tel. +30 210-933-8252, mobile +30 693-667-4476, and elimano95@gmail.com.
  • Ivis Travel no longer has public Internet terminals; instead you can visit Bits and Bytes, just off Agora Square at Kapnikareas 19.
  • The Canadian embassy has relocated to Ethnikis Antistaseos street 48, and is open Mon–Fri 9:00–12:00.

Hydra

  • 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.

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Alkionides Pension is now significantly pricier than it had been, but its rooms have been smartly renovated, making it still a good value (Db-€80, Tb-€96, apartment-€100, breakfast-€7.50).
  • Nefeli Hotel has closed.
  • Psaropoula Restaurant has moved to a top-floor terrace overlooking the southwest corner of the harbor.

Kardamyli & the Mani Peninsula

  • To Aloni Bar in Kardamyli has closed.
  • Rogi Bar in Kardamyli has closed.
  • Gorgones Studios guestrooms in Kardamyli is now called Studio Sirenes and has new contact info: mobile +30 698-034-2020, e.sirenes@gmail.com.

Monemvasia

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

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Monopati Rooms is no longer a B&B but rather a long-term vacation rental (one-month minimum).

Mykonos

  • 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.

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • The archaeological site and museum on Delos is now open Mondays (and the rest of the week). In the middle of the season, extra afternoon sailings make late-afternoon visits a possibility.

Nafplio

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

For books printed before June 2016, the following may also apply:

  • Patty Staikou, recommended local guide, has a new email address: staipatt@yahoo.gr.
  • The bakery on Staikopoulou street has closed.
  • Lathos Bar has closed.
  • The restaurants Imarton and Noufara have both closed.
  • Dimitris Bekas no longer rents rooms.
  • Amfitriti Belvedere has been renamed "Chroma Design Hotel," and Pension Amfitriti is now "Aroma Guesthouse."

Olympia

For books printed before June 2016, the following may apply:

  • Recommended tour company Olympic Traveller now charges €45/person for their Katakolo-based tours of Olympia (includes round-trip transportation and two-hour guided tour of the site and museum), and €25 for their narrated rides from the port to Olympia and back.
  • To reach Taxi Katakolon, contact Takis Tsaparas (mobile +30 694-543-4913). 

Santorini

For books printed before June 2016, the following may apply:

  • Maria is no longer renting rooms in Fira.
  • The restaurant Naoussa has moved from Fira's old town to a spot just down the path from the Atlantis Hotel, with caldera views.
  • Filotera Suites in Oia has undergone a major renovation, and prices have gone up significantly from what's printed in our guidebooks.
  • Youth Hostel Oia has closed.