Melissani Lake and Drogarati cave (Kefalonia Island)

A scenic drive through the lush Greek countryside so rich with vineyards, olive orchards and cypress groves. Enjoy the vibrant colors of the glistening lake

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  • Duration: 3,5 Hours
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Description

Cross the breathtaking slopes of Mt. Ainos, one of the highest peaks in Greece, en route to the shores of Lake Melissani. Here you will descend a manmade tunnel to the water's edge where you will board a small rowboat for a scenic cruise around the majestic cavern, which once yielded ancient relics from a former Minoan culture, including figures of the god Pan and several nymphs. View dramatic stalactites and stalagmites that border its aquamarine waters. 

Take in the awe-inspiring beauty that surrounds you as shafts of sunlight filter from above, enhancing the vibrant colors of the glistening lake. Continue your journey to majestic Drogarati Cave, located nearly 200 feet below the surface. Discovered 300 years ago when an earthquake exposed the entrance, this spectacular two million-year-old cavern features stunning rock formations (enhanced by hidden lighting) and a magnificent hall called "Sala of Apotheosis". The acoustics in this hall are so perfect the cave is used for concerts and other shows! 

Highlights 

  • Scenic cruise around the Lake of Melissani 
  • Guided tour of Drogarati Cave 

Itinerary

Route to Melissani lake

Set off on a scenic drive through the lush Greek countryside rich with vineyards, olive orchards, and cypress groves. Cross the breathtaking slopes of Mt. Ainos, one of the highest peaks in Greece, en route to the shores of Lake Melissani.

Lake of Melissani - rowboat boarding

Here you will descend a manmade tunnel to the water's edge where you will board a small rowboat for a scenic cruise around the majestic cavern, which once yielded ancient relics from a former Minoan culture, including figures of the god Pan and several nymphs. View dramatic stalactites and stalagmites that border its aquamarine waters.

Drogarati Cave

Continue your journey to majestic Drogarati Cave, located nearly 200 feet below the surface. Discovered 300 years ago when an earthquake exposed the entrance, this spectacular two million-year-old cavern features stunning rock formations (enhanced by hidden lighting) and a magnificent hall called "Sala of Apotheosis". The acoustics in this hall are so perfect the cave is used for concerts and other shows!

Meeting Points

What’s included

  • Guided tour of Kefalonia.
  • Admission fees. 
  • Port pick up and Drop off.
  • Transportation by air conditioned coach.
  • Live tour commentary provided in English (other language is available on request).

What’s excluded

  •  Food / Drinks.
  • Hotel pick up/drop off.

What do I need to bring

  • Sunsreen.
  • Sun hat.
  • Bottled water (it can get extremely hot).
  • Comfortable footwear (involves some walking on uneven ground).

Important information

  • Vessels at Lake Melissani are 12-man rowboats with rower. Passengers may experience crowds while boarding the boats. 
  • Passengers must negotiate a number of steps at the lake and be able to enter and exit the boats without assistance. 
  • Visitors to Drogarati Cave must negotiate approximately 150 steep steps carved out of cave rock. The steps can be wet and slick. Not recommended for passengers with limited mobility and/or who suffer from claustrophobia. 
  • The cave is over 200 feet below ground and the temperature is approximately, 64 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Guided Language

  • English

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ADVENTURE

CAVING

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SAILING OR BOAT TOUR

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WATER

DAY TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS

NATURE

PHOTOGRAPHY

HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR

SIGHTSEEING

SIGHTSEEING ATTRACTION

EDUCATIONAL TOUR

LANGUAGE TOUR

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Melissani Cave

   

Pretty unique place. Its not quite a long boatt rip but is still very much worth while . The water , the sun rays, the view ,the rocks , all are great to see, we booked 2 days before the trip, all cool.

30 June, 2019 by Jo MacDermond

Simply Breathtaking!!

   

A stunning trip around the Melissani cave/lake. You will love the people who tow the boat, they are super funny and they share so much of their knowledge about the place. Take some money to tip the rowing boat guides, highly recommended!

30 June, 2019 by Ed Scott