Guidebook Updates for ‘Rick Steves Mediterranean Cruise Ports’

When we learn of critical changes to the information in our Mediterranean Cruise Ports guidebook, 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!

Barcelona

  • The Sagrada Família's hours are now April–September, Monday–Saturday 9:00–20:00, Sunday 10:30–20:00; October and March, Monday–Saturday 9:00-19:00, Sunday 10:30–19:00; November–February, Monday–Saturday 9:00–18:00, Sunday 10:30–18:00.
  • Sardana performances take place on Sundays in front of the cathedral at 11:15 (not noon, none in Aug), and some Saturdays at 18:00.
  • The Magic Fountains music-and-light show schedule has changed: April–May & October, Thursday–Saturday 21:00–22:00; June–September, Wednesday–Sunday 21:30–22:30; November–December & March, Thursday–Saturday 20:00–21:00; no shows January–February.
  • The Tramvía Blau trolley is closed indefinitely while it undergoes maintenance.
  • Biciclot no longer rents bikes on the Barceloneta Beach.
  • NH Hotel Barcelona Centro will close for renovations on August 1, 2018. They expect to reopen in early 2019.

For books printed before October 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Picasso Museum is free every Thursday evening 18:00–21:30 and all day on the first Sunday of each month.
  • The main tourist information office no longer stocks the Modernisme Route map. Instead, you can pick one up at the Institut Municipal del Paisatge Urbà, inside the Edificio Colón.
  • The Zoen leather workshop in the Jewish Quarter has closed.

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

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

  • The Metro's L9 Sud line now runs to El Prat airport, serving both Terminals 1 and 2. It's a long ride and at least one transfer to get into the heart of town (single airport tickets cost €4.50).
  • The Cathedral of Barcelona's museum is now only open during the afternoon tourist hours (Mon–Sat 12:45–17:15, Sun 13:45–17:15), when visitors pay €7 to enter the cathedral and can visit its three minor sights (choir, terrace, and museum).
  • The Shoe Museum has closed.
  • The Vaho shop on Plaça del Pi has closed.
  • Hotel Regencia Colón, in the Old City, is closing down to make way for a new hotel in the same location.

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

  • Ticketing options have changed at the Sagrada Família. When buying tickets online, you must decide at that time if you want to add the audioguide, tower elevator, live guide, or Gaudí House Museum to your ticket. You can't buy any extras once inside the church. And, when reserving online for the Sagrada Familia's Passion Facade and Nativity Facade elevators, you may — or may not — be able to match your tower entry time with your church visit. You'll only be able to ride one of the elevators — but you may not have a choice as to which one.
  • Discover Walks no longer offers "free" walking tours; their two daily offerings (Gaudí, and the Ramblas and Barri Gòtic) cost €19 each.
  • La Pedrera no longer offers free entry to its atrium.

Aix-en-Provence

For books printed before November 2017, the following may apply:

  • L'Epicerie Chambres has closed its B&B and now operates only as a restaurant.
  • The restaurant L'Epicurien has moved to a location outside the old center (tel. +33 (0)6 89 33 49 83).
  • L'Epicerie Restaurant is under new ownership and has been renamed "Les 3 Ormeaux."
  • Pavillon de la Torse is no longer operating as a chambre d'hôte.
  • The square in front of the Palace of Justice is under renovation until sometime in 2019; until then, the square's produce and flea market has moved to the area around Cours Sextius, Rotonde, and Cours Mirabeau (Tue, Thu, and Sat mornings).

Nice

For books printed before November 2017, the following may apply:

  • Construction of a new tramway linking Nice with its airport (running parallel to, and a few blocks inland from, the Promenade des Anglais) will continue to cause traffic disruptions and rerouting of bus routes throughout 2017 and much of 2018. The tramway should begin service in late 2018 or 2019.
  • Bus stops for eastbound buses (to Villefranche-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat, and Monaco) have moved to accommodate tram-line construction, and their locations may remain in flux for a while — ask your hotelier or at the tourist information office before heading out for the day.
  • Bus connections from Nice to Le Trophée des Alpes have changed: Buses #116 and #T-66 both now leave from the Vauban tram stop — except on Sundays, when riders need to catch bus #T-66 from the Pont St. Michel tram stop.

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

  • All of Nice's museums except the Chagall Museum now share the same €10 ticket (valid for 48 hours, €20 for seven days). The Chagall Museum is €8 (and well worth it).
  • The Russian Cathedral has reopened (after a two-year, €20 million renovation), and is open Mon 13:30–17:00, Tue–Sun 10:00–17:00. Services are held Sat at 17:00 and Sun at 10:00 (no tourist visits during services).
  • Bus #17 no longer runs from the train station to the Chagall Museum.
  • The US Consulate in Nice has closed.

 

Antibes

For books printed before November 2017, the following may apply:

  • The Picasso Museum is no longer open until 20:00 on summer Wednesdays or Fridays.

Across Italy

  • Both Trenitalia and Italo have call centers for answering general questions. You can dial these numbers direct from any US number: Trenitalia +39 06-6847-5475 (daily 7:00–24:00); Italo +39 06-8937-1892 (daily 6:00–23:00).

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

  • The number for making a collect call from Italy to the US via AT&T is now 800-172-444.

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

  • Eurail Select Passes are now available as Italy–Switzerland two-country passes (among other options).

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

  • Italy's unreserved train tickets (regionali) are no longer valid for a two-month window. Instead, you much specify an intended travel day when you purchase the ticket. Tickets must be validated on the day of travel, and your must board your last train of the trip within four hours of the time stamped on the ticket. (To change the date on a ticket after it's been purchased, contact a Trenitalia agent before midnight of the day before travel.)
  • Trenitalia has changed its ticket validation machines from a yellow box to a new green-and-gray oval machine.

Florence

  • The Duomo sights combo-ticket is now €18.
  • After years of flux, the Uffizi, Accademia Gallery, and Bargello now have stable websites with useful information for visitors (see links).
  • The price of admission to the Uffizi Gallery has increased fairly dramatically (from €12.50) to €20 March–Oct (€10 if no special exhibits); off-season (Nov–Feb) it drops to €12 (€6 if no special exhibits).
  • The prices of admission to Pitti Palace sights have changed. Ticket option #1 (includes the Palatine Gallery, Royal Apartments, and Gallery of Modern Art) increased to €16 March–Oct (€8 if no special exhibits); off-season (Nov–Feb) it drops to €10 (€5 if no special exhibits). Ticket option #2 (includes the Boboli and Bardini Gardens, Costume Gallery, Argenti/Silverworks Museum, and Porcelain Museum) remains €10 March–Oct but drops to €5 if no special exhibits; off-season (Nov–Feb), admission is €6 (€3 if no special exhibits).
  • The Uffizi and Pitti Palace will offer a combined three-day ticket (valid for three days from first use) offering ticketholders priority admission (once to each complex) to all the museums in the Uffizi Galleries’ circuit (Uffizi, Pitti, Boboli).
  • Accademia Rooms is now the Hotel Accademia and has 21 newly renovated rooms and new contact info: tel. +39 (0)55-290-993, info@hotelaccademiafirenze.com.

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

  • The Duomo Museum is now open daily 9:00–20:00 year-round, but (still) closes all day on the first Tuesday of every month.
  • Reservations to climb the Duomo's dome can now be made at ticket machines in the lobby of the Duomo Museum. (They can also be made online and at the ticket office on Piazza San Giovanni; see below.)
  • The Vasari Corridor is closed until sometime in mid-2018 (or possibly later).
  • Miso di Riso Vegetarian Bistro has been sold, and replaced by a traditional Tuscan restaurant.
  • The tourist information office in Livorno no longer arranges buses to Florence for cruise passengers.

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

  • The Bargello is now open Tue–Sat 8:15–17:00, until 13:50 Nov–March (closed Sun–Mon; last entry 40 minutes before closing).
  • The Museum of San Marco is not open on the first Sunday of the month.

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

  • You now need to make a reservation in order to climb the Duomo's dome — book one online or at the ticket office in Piazza San Giovanni 7, facing the Baptistery entrance. (If you have a Firenze Card, make the reservation when you pick up your access ticket.)

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

  • The €72 Firenze Card no longer covers transportation, though it does now cover several additional sights, including the Ferragamo shoe museum.
  • The Duomo's dome is now open on Sunday in addition to its regular hours (Mon–Fri 8:30–19:00, Sat 8:30–17:40, Sun 13:00–16:40).
  • The Baptistery's hours have changed (now Mon–Fri 8:15–10:15 & 11:15–19:00, Sat 8:15–19:00, Sun 8:15–14:00).
  • The tourist information office at Via Cavour 1 red has reduced its hours, and is now open Mon–Fri 9:00–13:00, closed Sat–Sun.
  • The combo-ticket covering Florence's Baptistery, dome, Campanile, Duomo Museum, and Santa Reparata crypt is now valid for 48 hours (rather than one admission per sight).
  • San Miniato Church is now open daily Easter–mid-October 9:30–20:00, off-season 9:30–13:00 & 15:30–19:00.
  • The Oblate Sisters of the Assumption's hotel no longer offers family discounts.
  • The eatery Veggy has closed.

Pisa

  • The LAM Rossa bus stop at the Pisa Centrale Train Station is now outside the main entrance and to the right (not in front of the NH Cavalieri Hotel). Travelers can no longer take this bus line to or from the Galileo Galilei Airport to Pisa Centrale Station. Travelers must use either the "Pisa Mover" train to get to Centrale station from the airport, or take a taxi.

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

  • The main tourist information office has moved to the Field of Miracles, next to the Duomo's ticket office.
  • A new "Pisa Mover" train offers an easy five-minute connection between downtown and Pisa Centrale train station (€2.70, daily 6:00–24:00, leaves every 5 minutes).

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

Lucca

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

  • Alla Dimora Lucense hotel has closed.

Rome

  • Usually free, the Pantheon is expected to require a €2 ticket after June 2018.
  • Visitors to the Colosseum/Roman Forum/Palatine Hill now choose from one of two tickets, both good for two consecutive days: a €12 combo-ticket allows one admission to the Colosseum (after 14:00 only) and one admission to the Forum/Palatine Hill; or an €18 "super" ticket, good for one admission any time at the Colosseum and two admissions to the Forum/Palatine Hill. Admission to the Colosseum is free for kids ages 17 and younger (must present proof of age). Access to the House of Augustus and the House of Livia on Palatine Hill is available only with the "super" ticket.
  • Visitors to St. Peter's Basilica who are short on time can download an (expensive) audioguide that includes line-skipping entry to the basilica. See www.voxmundi.eu for details.
  • The Victor Emmanuel Monument has new hours: daily 9:00–17:00 (shorter in winter).
  • The combo-ticket for the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and Villa dei Quintili on the Appian Way is now valid for two consecutive days.
  • Rome's tourist call center now answers the phone daily 9:00–19:00 (tel. +39 (0)6-0608).
  • Elettrico minibus #117 has been discontinued. (For help with Rome's public transportation and journey planners in English, see muovi.roma.it, romamobilita.it, or atac.roma.it.)

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

  • The Vatican Museums are now open on Fridays 19:00–23:00 (last entry at 21:30) from mid-April through October (must reserve online).
  • Tram #3 now runs from the Colosseum to Trastevere train station (as stated in text, but transit maps in some editions imply otherwise).
  • On the Appian Way, the Baths of Caracalla are no longer included in a combo-ticket with the Tomb of Cecilia Metella and Villa dei Quintili.
  • The National Museum of Rome has a new website: www.museonazionaleromano.beniculturali.it.
  • The Roman House at Palazzo Valentini is now open every day (including Tuesdays).
  • The website for the Mamertine Prison, also known as Carcer Tullianum Museum, is at www.tullianum.org.
  • The Etruscan Museum at Villa Giulia is now open 9:00–20:00 (closed Mon).
  • Gelateria Vice has closed.

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

  • Tickets for general audience with the Pope booked through the American Catholic Church must now be picked up at St. Patrick's Church at Via Boncompagni, N. 31. The website for booking is www.stpatricksamericanrome.org. St. Patrick's Church has taken over the role of home of the American Catholic Church in Rome.
  • The Roma Pass is now a single plastic card that covers both sightseeing and transportation. The card is activated with its first use at a sight or on public transportation.
  • Off-season hours have changed slightly at St. Peter's Basilica: The church is now open until 18:30 Oct–March (and still open daily April–Sept 7:00–19:00).
  • Visitors to the Roman Forum cannot exit through the Capitoline Hill entry point. The best exit to go directly from the Roman Forum to Capitoline Hill is behind the Column of Phocas, near the WCs.
  • There is now a €2/person fee to book Borghese Gallery reservations over the phone.
  • There is no longer a taxi stand on St. Peter's Square; the nearest stand is at Castel Sant'Angelo.
  • The correct email for Funny Palace Hostel is info@funnyhostel.com.
  • Autoservizi Monti Concezio, run by gentle, capable, and English-speaking Ezio (pronounced "Etz-io"), offers private cars or minibuses with driver/guides (car-€40/hour, minibus-€45/hour, 3-hour minimum for city sightseeing, transfers between cities are more expensive, mobile +39 335-636-5907 or +39 349-674-5643, info@tourservicemonti.it).
  • Ristorante Pizzeria “da Francesco” now requires reservations for evening seatings at 19:00, 20:30, or 22:00 (tel. +39 06-686-4009).
  • The Rome Walks tour company is no longer in business.
  • Palatium restaurant has closed.
  • Osteria Sacro e Profano restaurant has closed.
  • The theater at Ostia Antica is under renovation and the main gate may be blocked by scaffolding.
  • The Despar supermarket chain is now called "Coop."

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

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

  • Tram #8 no longer stops at Largo Argentina; the nearest stop is Arenula, a few stops away.
  • The church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, which owns the "Bocca della Verità," now charges €2 for access to the statue (and only one photo allowed).

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

  • The shortcut to the Victor Emmanuel Monument and Aracoeli Church, as described in our guidebooks, no longer works: The route from Piazza del Campidoglio that skips the church, and once led through the iron gate at the top of the stairs, is now inaccessible, as is the shortcut through Santa Maria in Aracoeli Church.
  • The Holy Stairs (Scala Santa) at the Church of San Giovanni in Laterano no longer close at midday, though the chapel there still does.
  • Elettrico minibus #116 has been discontinued. (For help with Rome's public transportation and journey planners in English, see muovi.roma.it, romamobilita.it, or atac.roma.it.)
  • Castel Sant'Angelo is now open daily 9:00–19:30.
  • Dall'Antò restaurant, in the Monti district, has closed.
  • At Termini station, entry to the train platforms is now restricted to ticket holders. Entrances are from the inner atrium and from the halls to the side of the tracks.
  • Atral no longer runs buses between Termini station and Fiumicino Airport, but two new bus companies — T.A.M. and Schiaffini — make this run, leaving from the south side of Termini.

Naples

  • The location of the Alibus airport shuttle bus stop has changed at Centrale Station. It is now to the left as you exit the station, near the Tiger store.
  • The tourist information office inside Centrale Station has moved to the main lobby, next to the Trenitalia ticket office.
  • Galleria Borbonica's website is www.galleriaborbonica.com.

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

  • From Naples the Circumvesuviana train takes about 20 minutes (not 50 minutes, as printed in some editions of Rick Steves Italy) to reach Ercolano Scavi (for the Herculaneum ruins, €1.80 one way) and 40 minutes to reach Pompei Scavi–Villa Misteri (for the Pompeii ruins, €2.60 one way).
  • Mondo Guide's Naples-based guided tours of Pompeii for Rick Steves readers now begin at 11:00 every day (not 10:30).
  • Laundry DYI has closed.

Pompeii and Herculaneum

For books printed before January 2017, the following may apply:

  • From Naples the Circumvesuviana train takes about 20 minutes (not 50 minutes, as printed in some editions of Rick Steves Italy) to reach Ercolano Scavi (for the Herculaneum ruins, €1.80 one way) and 40 minutes to reach Pompei Scavi–Villa Misteri (for the Pompeii ruins, €2.60 one way).
  • Mondo Guide's Naples-based guided tours of Pompeii for Rick Steves readers now begin at 11:00 every day (not 10:30).
  • Visitors to the Pompeii site can ask for an entrance/exit bracelet that allows you to reenter the site up to three times on the same day.

Sorrento

For books printed before November 2017, the following may apply:

Capri

For books printed before October 2014, the following may apply:

  • Local guide Anna Bilardi Leva now charges €130 for a half day, and €200 for a full day, and is also licensed to guide in Naples (not Sorrento).

Venice

  • Italo now runs a useful Milan-Venice train route.

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

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

  • Teatro San Gallo no longer performs the "Venezia" show.
  • Villa Mocenigo Agruturismo (10 miles from Marco Polo Airport) has a new mobile phone number: +39 338-3629-268.

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

  • For travelers arriving by cruise ship: The best way to get to Piazzale Roma is to take the People Mover monorail, as the shuttle buses offered by some cruise companies from the port to Piazzale Roma are no longer running.

Across Croatia

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

  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.
  • The European Coastal Airlines seaplane did not run in 2017, and service is unlikely to resume in the future.

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

  • Jadrolinija has cancelled the big, slow, coastal car ferries that connected Rijeka, Split, Hvar, Korčula, and Dubrovnik. Other connections between many of these places, however, are still operating (check Jadrolinija's online schedules).
    Some catamaran connections have also changed substantially. Most notably, the Krilo catamaran now runs an exceptionally tourist-friendly route, heading south from Split in the morning and connecting the islands of Brač, Hvar, Korčula, and Mljet before ending at Dubrovnik. A few hours later, it does the reverse trip, allowing travelers to day-trip from any of these stops to any stops to the south (daily June–Sept, 3–4/week May and Oct, no service Nov–April). Given all of the schedule changes, it's especially smart to double-check schedules online when planning any boat journey on the Dalmatian Coast, whether for Jadrolinija boats, the Krilo, or the Nona Ana catamaran (connecting Dubrovnik, Mljet, and Korčula).
  • Krilo tickets are now available in advance online — when possible, book a few days ahead.

Split & nearby

  • Konoba Matejuška restaurant moved across the street to Tomića Stine 4 and changed its name to Konoba Fetivi.
  • Paradigma restaurant has closed.
  • The Splitcard is no longer free, even for those staying in town for three nights. It is no longer a good value.
  • Krka National Park now requires all visitors to follow a one-way route around the park. Those coming by boat have to first hike steeply uphill to the "ethno village," then circle back down to the waterfalls (rather than shortcutting to the waterfalls).
  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.

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

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

  • The Split Apartment Croatia agency is now managed by the Memento Travel Agency (but has kept the same contact info).
  • The Zlatna Vrata pizzeria in the Old Town has closed.
  • Schedules for many coastal ferries have changed; check the updates under "Across Croatia" for more info and links to ferry schedules.

Dubrovnik & nearby

  • There is no longer a left-luggage office in Cavtat.

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

  • In summer (mid-June–mid-Sept), Jadrolinija and Krilo are now running fast catamarans on the Split–Hvar–Korčula–Dubrovnik route.
  • The European Coastal Airlines seaplane did not run in 2017, and service is unlikely to resume in the future.

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

  • Schedules for many coastal ferries have changed; check the updates under "Across Croatia" for more info and links to ferry schedules.
  • Many of Dubrovnik's museums — including the Rector's Palace, Rupe Museum, and Maritime Museum — no longer sell single admission tickets. Visitors need to get either a "nine museum ticket" (100 kn, good for a week) or a Dubrovnik Card (which also covers the city walls and public transit).
  • The Icon Museum at the Serbian Orthodox Church is closed for restoration, with no definite date for reopening.
  • Old Town Garden Cottage and Studio has a new name, website, and email address: Dubrovnik Gardens, dubrovnikgardens@gmail.com.
  • Fresh Sheets Hostel has a new name, website, and email address: City Walls Hostel, citywallshostel@gmail.com.

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.

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.

Across Turkey

Istanbul

  • The Blue House Hotel in the Sultanahmet district has closed.
  • The correct address for Quincentennial Museum of Turkish Jews is Bereketzade Mahallesi, Büyük Hendek Caddesi 39, Beyoğlu, and its telephone number (also printed incorrectly in some editions) is +90 (0)212/292-6333.

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

  • There are now two versions of the city’s museum pass (both of which now include the Harem at Topkapı Palace): The three-day pass (85TL) covers the Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace Museum (including the Harem), İstanbul Archaeological Museums, İstanbul Mosaic Museum, Museum of Turkish and İslamic Arts, and the Museum for the History of Science and Technology in Islam. The five-day pass (115TL) also covers the Chora Museum, Galata Mevlevi House Museum, Yıldız Palace, Rumeli Hisar Museum, and the Fethiye Museum.
  • Etickets are available for the Hagia Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace Museum (including the Harem), İstanbul Archaeological Museum, and Chora Church. Buying tickets online enables you to skip the ticket-buying line at these sights; no refunds or exchanges are allowed.
    If accompanied by an official tour guide, you can also skip the line at each of these sights without buying tickets ahead of time.
  • The Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum has reopened.
  • The Quincentennial Museum of Turkish Jews has moved to Neve Shalom Synagogue at Büyük Hendek Caddesi 61, near the Şişhane Metro stop.
  • Hotel discounts promised in the Rick Steves Istanbul guidebook are valid only when readers book their rooms directly through the hotel’s official website, not through third-party booking sites. Also, readers need to have the latest edition of the guidebook to benefit from the discount.
  • The Sirkeci Train Station is currently under renovation and closed to long-distance trains, but remains a busy commuter hub. Travelers to Bulgaria are bused to the border from Sirkeci, where they switch to a train, and train lines to Greece are closed. The main Asian-side train station — Haydarpaşa Garı — is indefinitely closed for renovation. The suburban Pendik Station now serves as the city's main rail station.
  • A high-speed train line now connects Istanbul and Ankara in about 3.5 hours. The new service terminates in the Istanbul suburb of Pendik, on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.
  • The art shop called Sufi has moved from the Spice Market to Arasta Bazaar 27, near the Blue Mosque.
  • To accommodate the renovation of the Karaköy Limanı cruise-ship port (expected to last through 2017), cruise ships are currently docking at Salıpazarı Limanı (also known as the Istanbul Cruise Port), located in the New District, across from the Old Town.

Ephesus

  • Etickets are available for the Ephesus Archaeological site (including the Terrace Houses). Buying tickets online enables you to skip the ticket-buying line; no refunds or exchanges are allowed.
    If accompanied by an official tour guide, you can also skip the line without buying tickets ahead of time.