Kefalonia: Melissani Lake & Swim at Myrtos Beach Tour

Cephalonia, Greece
Myrtos Beach and Melissani Lake Tour
  • 5 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take a plunge into the Greek underworld -- literally -- with this guided boat tour of the underground lake Melissani. Then drink in the amazing turquoise waters of Myrtos Beach, one of the most photographed beaches in the world.
  • Boat ride to underground lake Melissani and a trip to Myrtos Beach
  • Enjoy the ride in the spectacularly colorful Melissani Lake, a colorful underground body of water
  • Spend some time lounging on beautiful Myrtos Beach
  • Take in the rustic harbor Ag. Efimia
  • Learn about the history of the area

What's Included

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

Meeting And Pickup

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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

Melissani Cave

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Myrtos Beach

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note that the total driving time between our planned stops and visits is approximately 2 hours & 30min. This ensures a smooth and comfortable travel experience, allowing you to relax and enjoy the scenic route between each captivating destination.
  • 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 are not permitted to swim in the Lake, in order to preserve the natural environment and protect the site
  • Recommended Dress: Water Shoes, Swimsuit, Change of Clothes, Beach Towels, Sunscreen
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 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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Nice caves and cool beach. Would have been nice to have more time.
Keith_H, Aug 2023
Access to the caves was ok as I guess we were lucky and there wasntthat much of a queue as we did enter at 15h. The beach was nice as itsa nice area but it would have been nice to spend more. But that's because it's a ride away so you'll spend some time in the bus, unavoidable I'm afraid.
Beach was amazing, cave was mediocre. Good price
Mitch_B, Jul 2023
The beach was super fun and the cave was mediocre. Thankfully the line for the cave wasn't too long as the tour guide had said it could be much longer. But you're only in the cave for maybe 10 minutes. It's a pretty cave. But you get in the rowboat, you go around in a circle and you're done. The beach experience was totally worth it. I paid $55 and considering that a taxi to the beach each way would at least be $25 or a car rental for the day would be $100, this was a very cost effective solution. Highly recommend Avalon Travel!
Must see in Kefalonia
flora_p, Jul 2023
Fantastic and very well organised trip. Our tour guide Lucas and bus driver could not do enough for you and were amazing. Very interesting info on the way to the most beautiful Myrtos beach and breathtaking Mellisani lake
Azure beaches and lakes
Stephen_C, Jul 2023
Myrtos beach was stunning! Nice combo of main attractions in Kefalonia. For the reasonable price, we expected transport only but were pleasantly surprised at lukas’ good narration.
Relaxing day with beautiful views of the island
Trish_B, Jun 2023
This excursion was very relaxing and the views of the island were amazing. The boat ride on the lake is very short, and can be very busy during peak times.
Linus_C, Jun 2023
Excellent service , just wish the tour was a bit longer, the meeting area was easy and the tour guide was outstanding.
Great tour with Avalon
HOA_P, May 2023
Our tour was with Avalon. Mark was very responsive with all communications and Sandra was very informative and patient tour guide. Weather was great. Low season so we had the beach to ourselves and no lines at the lake. Bus was well air conditioned. Highly recommend
Kelly_B, Aug 2022
Myrtos Beach was one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen! If you’re going to Argostoli, this is a must go to place. While the tour of Melissani Lake was much shorter than I expected (just a few minutes in the cave) it was such a beautiful place, I would definitely recommend seeing it.
We really enjoy our adventure
ericgD4576UE, Aug 2019
We feal very confident of the company who did take us on the tour and visit to he Myrtos Beach. I recammend
Good for cruisers who don't have much time on the island
Lani_L, Jun 2019
The Melissani Lake is beautiful and the boat ride was quite good. The waiting time to get to the boat was far longer than the time spent on the lake. It was probably because we were amongst the thousands of cruisers getting to the same destination within a short period of time. The Myrtos Beach from far looks nice. If you are more interested in taking pictures, that would be fine.
Great time and beautiful area
Kathleen_M, May 2019
We really enjoyed this tour. Mellasani Lake was amazing. The overlook for the beach was very pretty, and the scenery was amazing.
I would not recommend this trip or...
jpelouze, Oct 2017
I would not recommend this trip or the provider. We were a group of 35 people who booked this trip - expecting as advertised: Boat ride to underground lake Melissani and a trip to Myrtos Beach Enjoy the ride in the spectacularly colorful Melissani Lake, a colorful underground body of water Spend some time lounging on beautiful Myrtos Beach. The bus that picked us up did not have air conditioning in the back of the bus nor did the speakers work appropriately. The tour guide heard our complaints about the air and the speakers and her response was I don't have a strong voice. Instead of Lounging at Myrtos beach we stopped on the side of the road and took a picture of the beautiful beach. We were very disappointed by the tour because we did not have a properly functioning bus, or a tour guide that could project her voice enough so we could understand what she was saying. In addition to that we did not get to lounge on the beach as expected. The bus ride to the lake was approximately one hour, wait in line for 30 minutes for a 10 minute boat tour of the lake, quick stop at the photo stop and back - all in 3 hours. I would not recommend this trip if you want to actually go to the beach or ride in a fully equipped coach bus.
Myrtos Beach was wonderful -- wear...
John_T, Aug 2016
Myrtos Beach was wonderful -- wear flip flops as the beach is extremely rocky! The Melissani Lake is a tourist attraction somewhat Disney-like with about a 7 minute boatride in a circle around an underground lake with stalactites and stalagmites all around. Interesting to see but a long drive for such a short time there.
Great cave to visit on your trip to...
Kellie_T, Jul 2016
Great cave to visit on your trip to Argostoli. We joined the group after our cruise ship docked in the area. The cave itself was so far out of the way and the actual tour of the cave only lasted about 8 minutes... It was a shame as we had travelled at least 35-40 minutes. and then back again. Melissani Lake is amazing to see though, so if you are in the area and have the time, it is worth it The beach looked amazing from the lookout it's a shame the tour doesn't take you down to it
We didn't know what to expect, we...
dawn b, Jun 2016
We didn't know what to expect, we thought we were going on a coach trip, and with it being hot, we thought it would be too much. John met us with his lovely air conditioned car, very friendly man. He took us on a tour of the island, he was very knowledgeable and showed us hidden treasures. We stopped for lunch, had a lovely time. Can't thank you enough!!
Location was extremely hard to find...
Sam M, Jun 2016
Location was extremely hard to find due to little instruction provided by Viator and we almost missed the coach! As it happens the trip was fairly interesting although we couldn't really hear our guide on the coach. All in all you could hire a car and do the same trip and photo stop including visiting the caves for a fraction of the price.
Maravillosos colores turquesas, en tour con retrasos por motivos varios, pero no perdimos el barco.
Mariateresa_a, Aug 2023
Tuvimos mucho estrés por miedo a perder el barco, pero es cierto que intervienen para gestionar que el barco espere al autobús, ya que el bus además obtuvo permiso para acercarnos a pie de barco para acelerar el embarque in extremis. Tuvimos un acumulado de demoras que derivó en llegar solo 5 min antes de la hora prevista para que zarpara el barco: salida tardía (30min) , recoger pasajeros que perdieron el bus y los acercaron en taxi (10 min), cambio de orden de actividades por las largas colas de entrada para Melisani justo cuando estábamos llegando y los kilómetros y minutos adicionales por ello; esperar a 3 pasajeros que llegaron tarde (20min) después de la primera actividad (playa) y que casi se quedan en Myrtos, y la cola de Melisani de 1h15min...Total, la experiencia de 5h pasó a casi 7h para 1h de playa y 15min de barquito en el lago, pero eso sí, los lugares son de ensueño y el compromiso de que no perderás el barco existe. La guía, se portó genial.
Un gran bel bagno a Myrtos
Rocco_L, Aug 2023
A Myrtos abbiamo avuto quasi un’ora e mezza per il bagno! Vale l’escursione. Ottimo. Visita al lago piacevole.
Kreuzfahrer Mein Schiff 5/Tour am 03.08.2023
Sven_S, Aug 2023
Die Fahrt, bis auf die andere Seite der Insel, war recht lang und die Aufenthaltszeit mit 1,5 Stunden viel zu kurz. Der Weg zum Strand war recht beschwerlich und sehr steinig. Ohne Badeschuhe ist es sehr schwer in das Meer rein zu kommen, aber raus aus dem Wasser noch schwieriger. Der See war toll, aber die Wartezeit in der prallen Sonne viel zu lang.
Die Reiseleiterin war...
Ivonne_D, Jul 2023
Die Reiseleiterin war sehr nett und sehr kompetent. Der Busfahrer brachte uns sicher über die Insel.

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