Visit one of Kefalonia’s most dramatic sights, the Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake, on this half-day sightseeing tour in a comfortable, climate-controlled bus. This affordable outing includes convenient hotel pickup and drop-off and an informative guide who provides commentary and insights. See stalactites and stalagmites, explore the lake in a small rowboat, and descend into ‘Sala of Apotheosis’ to experience its dramatic rock formations and remarkable acoustics.
Experience Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake on an affordable half-day tour
Travel in an air-conditioned bus with an informative guide and narrator
Descend 200 feet (60 meters) underground into a subterranean cave
Enjoy convenient pickup and dropoff at the Port of Argostoli
Time to walk around the largest cave out of 300 in the Sami area. please note there about 150 steps down into the cave. Hand rails have been installed. Some of the cave flooring is a little uneven and at time can be slippy.
After a short transfer time you will have the chance to take a boat ride on the lake. This is a geographical phenomenon. There are about 7 rowing boats that take about 10 people in each. The guides explain how the lake was formed. Please note that this is one of the most popular attractions on the island and queues can form on busy days.
Really lovely drive to both locations. The lake is beautiful with a nice little row boat ride around. The caves are not for the fainthearted - a lot of slippy steps to climb down and back up! All in all a nice couple of hours.
No problem with the transport. The tour guide is very knowledgeable about the area.. The boatman is helpful with taking pictures., and tells story about the cave. The cave floor is wet, watch your steps. .its magnificent.
Nice little day trip to the cave systems around the town of Sami. Tour was ran by Avalon Travel Kefalonia. Very professional and well run setup. The tour itself was short as it's a cruise ship shore excursion. The cave systems were absolutely amazing to view. Melissani Lake was my favorite. Be warned, Drogarati involves an almost 100 m decent via steps and the place can get slippery but otherwise a well worth experience. Would have like some time in Sami as well.
The actual tour was really great. Both the cave and the lake were like nothing I had every seen. Lake visit lasted about 15 minutes on a boat in the water. There wasn’t any swimming allowed. Heard some history about the city but missed out on seeing the city itself except from the bus. Beautiful landscape and great guides.
MAria was a Great guide. She understood our concern as our ship changed its timeline. We arrived first at the lake before other organized cruise ships tour arrived. So our line was somewhat shorter.
Little boat can only take 12 people at a time and only 3 to 4 boats at a time. The visit of the lake was lovely too bad we couldn't swim in it
After we took the bus for 15 minutes to go to the cave This was also nice.
We arrived 1/2 hour earlier and I was able to walk into town
This is the same trip as the ship but for half the price. The tour started out with lots of history about the island on our drive to Melissani Lake. You look at the photo on the website and think that has to be photoshopped. HOWEVER, the picture is real. The water is amazing and the pictures are breathtaking. We left the lake and went to Drogarati Cave which was also very interesting. I wish we could have heard a concert down there. I'm sure that was amazing back in the day. We also had a little shopping time in the gift shop which was nice. This trip did require lots of walking up and down steps and inclines. If you have mobility issues, you might want to consider that. The trip was wonderful and I have lots of amazing pictures to show for it.
Although the underground Melissani Lake was beautiful, the whole tour took 4-1/2 hours and we only spent 15 minutes on the boat touring the lake. The cave visit lasted perhaps 10 minutes after descending 130 steps as we had to get back in order to make it back to not miss the cruise ship. We were in the bus, or in line to visit the attraction, approximately 3-1/2 hours, too long in my book for such short visit to the attractions.
We enjoyed the boat ride on the lake and the cave. The kids thought it was cool. The ride there goes across the mountain and it is a pretty ride. It was a very hot day so this was a good excursion because it was mostly in the shade and you could keep cool. There is a bathroom and a place to get a sandwich/snack at the lake stop. Only negative was the bus driver wouldn’t turn on the bus and made us wait on a hot and sweaty bus until we got going at each stop. Even with the AC it wasn’t very cool on the bus.
Kefalonia is just beautiful and I really enjoyed our tours of the caves and lake. It's about an hour drive there and back but I enjoyed the gorgeous views of the countryside while learning about some history by our guide. There was a long line for Melissani Lake but it is lovely inside - we took a little boat across the lake - love my photos!