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!

Athens

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

  • 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.
  • 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:

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.

Hydra

For books printed before July 2018, the following may 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

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

  • 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

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

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

Mykonos

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

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