Cephalonia

The Caves ....Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake

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Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake
  • 4 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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

What's Included

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Port / Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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End point

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Pickup details

Customers arriving on cruise ships will be picked up at the Argostoli Port. Look for our staff holding signs that say "Viator & Avalon Travel" at the Argostoli Cruise Ship Terminal. Our staff will be present at the port upon the arrival of the ship. Holidaymakers in Kefalonia will enjoy a pick-up service from the listed hotels or designated meeting places. Please note that the pick-up time from hotels or meeting places situated away from Argostoli is additional to the scheduled tour duration

What To Expect

Get picked up from your hotel and embark on your adventure from Port of Argostoli in a comfortable, climate-controlled bus.

Arrive at Kefalonia's Drogarati Cave. Here, your guide will share commentary and insights about the ecological structure as you discover the abundance of stalactites and stalagmites. Get some exercise by climbing the 150 steps up to see all of the natural beauty held inside the cave.

Next, hop into a small rowboat and explore the beauty of the Melissani Lake. Afterwards, descend 200 feet (61 meters) underground to see the dramatic rock formations and hear the extraordinary acoustics of the 'Sala of Apotheosis.'

Your tour ends with a convenient drop-off at your location.

Drogarati Cave

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Melissani Cave

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Myrtos Beach

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Vessels at Lake Melissani are 12-man rowboats with rower. Passengers may experience crowds while boarding the boats during the high Season of July & August
  • The boat ride, spanning approximately 10-15 minutes, includes entry to the cave, the duration of which depends on the number of visitors in the queue.
  • Visitors to Drogarati Cave must negotiate approximately 150 steep steps carved out of cave rock.
  • Recommended Dress:Smart, Casual, Comfortable footwear.
  • Visitors are not permitted to swim in the Lake, in order to preserve the natural environment and protect the site
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips


Be warned, Drogarati involves an almost 100 m decent via steps and the place can get slippery but otherwise a well worth experience.
The caves are not for the fainthearted - a lot of slippy steps to climb down and back up!
It was a very hot day so this was a good excursion because it was mostly in the shade and you could keep cool.
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Great trip
Jennifer_B, Oct 2023
Really enjoyed the caves and the lake . Our guide was amazing and gave us lots of really good information about the island .
Overall great tour
Stephanie_B, Sep 2023
Big bus ride to caves. Would be nicer to be in a smaller bus. No lines at either the cave and lake. Beautiful places! Guide’s mic was staticky, so hard to understand, but overall great day and sites!
Perfect
Gareth_J, Sep 2023
This was truly amazing. I can’t thank the team enough. First of all our tour guide Maria was lovely, even when there was a big queue she told us to sit and have a drink she joined the queue for us and waved us over when we got to the front. Secondly on the boat the gentleman who did it was very knowledgeable and went the extra mile helping us get lovely photos. Then finally I lost my sunglasses on the bus. Not a problem the team went back to the bus got them and drove back straight away. All with a smile on their face. Wonderful day, memories and team. Thank you all
Thank you for a wonderful experience…
Jessica_C, Aug 2023
We were off the boat 2 hours early and they were already there holding a sign to greet guests and answer any questions. Our tour guide, I think her name was Catherine, was wonderful. Bus ride was very interesting, and informative. This group really went out of there way to accommodate guests and give us a good trip. It would be a pleasure to return and book with them again.
August means waiting in long lines in the heat
Pete_O, Aug 2023
First, Maria was an excellent tour guide. Unfortunately, we spent more time in line in the heat than in the advertised experience. The Drogarati Cave is quite a climb back up after walking around a path inside an improperly conserved cave system. Melissani Lake is beautiful but a 15 minutes zip around an indoor lake that is literally about 100 yards long after waiting for nearly two hours is not worth the day. Again, kudos to Maria who took on the heavy lifting and waited in line for the group as last of us sought any shade possible. I did get to try Mythos lemon so it wasn’t a total loss. I give it three stars because I appreciated Maria and the beers.
Really great!
Anoushka_T, Jul 2023
Friendly staff and tour guide. We had Mark help us with a last minute issue with the meeting point and it worked well for us and didn’t delay them either. The tour guide was helpful and there was a lot of good history shared during the trip. It was worth it. There was interest in making sure we didn’t get stuck for too long on the queue at the Lake which was really appreciated because it was very long when we finished up there.
The guide was great, but...
Katja_H, Jul 2023
The guide was great, but €100 for two people is too expensive considering that the entrance fee for both things is €10 per person.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for your review. You are correct that the entrance fees for the Caves are 10€/person, however, in this tour we offer transportation to and from the Caves as well as an experienced Tour Guide to ensure that the tour runs smoothly and that you learn about the History and the Culture of our island. We are sorry that you felt our service didnt offer value for money, but it is misleading to imply to people that they can visit the Caves for 10€ without taking into account the cost of the Transportation (at least 40 minutes each way). Thank you
Amazing place
Karolis_A, Jul 2023
Amazing palace, even its short, its just one time you visit this place. Have water prepared if que is long.
It was very crowded...
gdparto, Jul 2023
It was very crowded however it was worth the wait Amazing caves and the lake was beautiful I would definitely recommend the tour
Just book, you won’t be disappointed!!
Darren_D, Jul 2023
This was a last minute booking due to a change of port by the cruise line. Deal with Chris over email and had the pleasure to meet him in person at the port. Fantastic guy and very easy to talk to and deal with. He guided us to our bus and we were left in the very capable hands of Maria and Katherine for the tour. Both really terrific and Katherine has to be the ‘best’ tour guide I’ve ever encountered. She spoke throughout the tour with really interesting information that can only come from someone who really loves what they do and has SBL real passion for her island. Top, top class!! Thank you! On to the caves themselves, which are are fantastic natural beauties that you need to see. Yes there may be queues, but our wait was about 20 mins. No big deal and enjoy the sun (or shade if you prefer). For under £50 for the tour I don’t think you will find better value, just book and enjoy!!
This tour is a must
Ioanna_s, Jul 2023
Extremely well organised trip, and from time of booking right through to the tour. The guides were highly professional and informative proving information about the island and the sites. This was in several languages. Amazing. The Cave has a stunning array of stalactites and stalagmites and the lake was simply breathtaking. This tour with Avalon is a must
Great experience, lovely staff
Iris_M, Jun 2023
It was a great tour of the caves, and it felt like we got to see the whole island on the drive— a perfect way to end our week in Kefalonia. The staff was very nice, knowledgable and accommodating.
Awesome site!
Devon_W, Jun 2023
Easy meeting from cruise ship, organized. Guide was pleasant and waited in long line so we could shop and have a restroom break. Melissani lake was amazing and a must do!
Great quick tour to caves
Beth_B, Jun 2023
We loved the woman who served as our “tour guide”, facilitating ensuring we were all on the bus, giving us some info on the drives, but not with us while in caves. There were LONG lines especially at the water cave- she helped a lot with staying in line while we all used the restroom, and our group was one of the first out, but the day felt very rushed and like we went line, cave, line, cave, back to boat. I’d suggest more time in Kefalonia if you can.
Awesome tour
Cheryl_B, Jun 2023
Our tour guide was informative, engaging and amazing. She told interesting information through out our tour
Excellent
Richard_A, Jun 2023
Tour company was very organized, professional, tour guide provided great information and commentary throughout. The caves were beautiful, but the lake was absolutely stunning. A great experience!
Well worth it!
Ward_B, Jun 2023
The trip was great. Avalon travel was well organized and everything went off without issue. They were educational and did their best to make things easy for us. There was a wait for the melisarri lake experience of about an hour in the sun but it was not their fault as it was a 40 bud tour day. They managed it well. I would wholeheartedly recommend this experience overall. The lake is unbelievable!!
Great Tour
Kristen_C, Jun 2023
Absolutely amazing. It is a bit o a climb, so not an easy hike in and out of the caves. Highly recommend
Drogarati and Melissani
Eldrizah_E, Jun 2023
Katharina our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The tour was excellent with a moderate workout. Breathtaking view and you won’t regret the bus ride. It was an amazing experience
This tour was outstanding
Jennifer_T, May 2023
We booked this trip as an independent tour from a cruise ship, and we are so glad we did. The moment we stepped off the ship a representative greeted us and informed us where to go. We only had a few people in our group, which is much better than a ship tour. The tour guide was very friendly, and very informative. The caves and lake were every better than we imagined. As we only had a few people in our group we had a bit of spare time so our guide, and driver, took us to some wonderful view points. If you are interested in this tour then don’t hesitate anymore, just book it. The whole experience was fantastic
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