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Argostolion, Greece
Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake

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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
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Driver/guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Live commentary on board
Port pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Δημοτικό Λιμενικό Ταμείο Κεφαλληνίας - Ιθάκης , Argostolion 281 00, Greece

We are located on the coastal road 200 meters from the cruise ship terminal and 100 meters from the Argostoli - Lixouri ferry port, next door to Ampeliki Restaurant. The tour will commence from our office and will end at the port of Argostoli for ease on embarkment of the ship.

Port of Argostoli
This activity will end right where it started.The guide will wait the customer at the main gate of the port Argostoli , holding a sign
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Service animals allowed
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • COVID-19: New Operational Guidelines The safety, security and well-being of our guests and employees is our priority Monitoring the coronavirus situation and the global health environment the below actions will take place on all of our tour and transfer services • Separate customers inside busses - Plexiglas barriers for Drivers • Personal safety - Providing operators with hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and personal protective equipment • Environmental Hygiene - Every bus and van is cleaned and disinfected daily, before and at the end of its run. This includes detailing of high-traffic areas aboard the vehicle like handles, rails, straps and seats. • Social Distancing – Safe Capacity of maximum 50% of seated capacity per bus, No access to the seats behind the driver and guide • Daily controls of the AC System and ventilation of the vehicles
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 47 travelers
  • OPERATED BY AVALON KEFALONIA TRAVEL SERVICES
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Be warned, Drogarati involves an almost 100 m decent via steps and the place can get slippery but otherwise a well worth experience." See review
  • "The caves are not for the fainthearted - a lot of slippy steps to climb down and back up!" See review
  • "It was a very hot day so this was a good excursion because it was mostly in the shade and you could keep cool." See review

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star-5
Great experience, nice...
Gal_C
, Aug 2022
Great experience, nice staff and with a very good guide, beautiful places; everything was well organized.
star-4
Going around Argostoli
Shubhankar_D
, Aug 2022
Had a great time with this group tour. The commute from the port to the caves and back to the port was very comfortable. The organization was a touch chaotic at times. Firstly we were left waiting at the pick up point looking for the right sign. it wasn't a long wait but long enough for is to have not got adjacent seats for our family of 4. Other folks had already occupied the window seats, leaving single seats vacant. Also at the Melissani lake, the crowd was massive, so the tour girl could have done better in keeping our tour's folks together. There was quite a bit of panic about the possibility of missing the ship
star-4
Enjoyable experience !
Brenda_G
, Jul 2022
Great service and good experience although slightly spoiled by the long queues, in the heat, to actually visit the sites.....
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Expensive and Average (at best)
Lee_P
, Jul 2022
Our pick up was forgotten about and had we not made a phone call, we wouldn’t have made it. That made us waiting in the mid day sun (34c) for 35 mins longer than we should have with 2 young kids. The travel time was roughly 3hrs round trip to two locations to see things for 15 mins each. Way more time was spent either travelling or queuing at the lake. The lakes and caves are worthy of seeing, but not with a tour company, it makes it incredibly expensive for what should be a very cheap day out. Go see the attractions for sure but just make your own way there if you can and do other stuff as well. An expensive and pretty much wasted afternoon for us to be honest.
star-4
Good value trip
Karl_L
, Jul 2022
Cave was impressive. Lake was amazing with very amiable boat man. Guide on bus was entertaining and humorous.
star-5
Drogarati cave and Melissani lake
Miriam_T
, Jul 2022
All was great. The guide explain very well. Everything was ok . I did a comunication with the company from the ship. Thank you very much.
star-5
Breathtaking natural phenomenons!!
Helen_C
, Jun 2022
Christina was our guide and she was so friendly, chatty, knowledgeable and funny. Just the right length of time at each cave (about 40-60minutes). The caves are fantastic. Breathtaking in fact.
star-2
Bus tour with babys.
FABIO_C
, Jun 2022
What made me upset was that the tour lady told me that my 2 year old son could not seat on my lap and would not have a seat on the bus. She wanted him to share the seat with his 6 year old sister. When I complained she said: “welcome to Greece”. This happened in the very first 5 minutes of the tour. I found it unsafe and disrespectful.
star-4
Trip to the Caves
NAZARIO_P
, Jun 2022
Melissa I Lake is worth the visit. Short line down to the cave but it has brilliant blue water and is open through the top of the cave. Dragorati Cave is more about stalagmites and stalactites. Very cool and damn; the cave is massive
star-4
Lovely
Lisa R
, Nov 2019
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.
star-5
Beautiful experience
wai212
, Nov 2019
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.
star-4
Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake.
Christos_K
, Oct 2019
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Very Interesting!
Dina S
, Sep 2019
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.
star-5
Super Cool Spots
Sherri_P
, Aug 2019
Loved having the transportation to these 2 awesome attractions and listening to some history along the way. Able to go at your own pace and check it out.
star-5
Great tour
Martine_S
, Jul 2019
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
star-4
Don't bother with the cruise ship excursion!
Kristin_P
, Jul 2019
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.
star-2
Drogarati Cave and Melissani Lake
Rafael_F
, Jul 2019
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.
star-4
Fun excursion!
caroleernc
, Jun 2019
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.
star-5
Kefalonia is just beautiful and I...
Nelly H
, Jul 2018
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!
star-5
Tout simplement WOW
Julie_D
, Aug 2022
Une superbe visite surtout au Lac Melissani. Je recommande fortement. Bus très confortable, guide hyper clair et connait très bien son excursion.

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