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Melissani Lake and Dogarati Cave

Price: $52.00
Ages 3 and under are free.
This tour is available from May to November.
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Melissani Lake and Dogarati Cave

Your journey of discovery begins with a scenic ride past the vineyards, olive orchards and cypress groves dotting the lush Greek countryside as you make your way to the shores of Lake Melissani. Along the way you will enjoy spectacular views as you cross Mt. Ainos, one of the highest peaks in Greece.

Once at Lake Melissani you will descend into a manmade tunnel and board a small rowboat for a closer look at a majestic cavern known as the Cave of the Nymphs thanks to ancient Minoan relics recovered from the cave that depict nymphs along with the god Pan. When the sun shines down into the cave the brackish water turns into a beautiful aquamarine blue hue. While here you can admire the numerous stalactites and stalagmites that hang from chamber ceilings.

Continue to Drogarati Cave, a breathtaking 2-million-year-old cavern discovered about 300 years ago when an earthquake exposed the hidden entrance. Descend nearly 200 feet below surface level to view stunning rock formations and stand at the Sala of Apotheosis. This popular hall is frequently used for concerts and other shows thanks to its perfect acoustics.

Sign up today for this half-day tour and bring your camera to capture the underground beauty of Cephalonia's famous caves.

Shore Excursion Size
Shore Excursion Type
Cultural, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration
3 Hours 30 Minutes
Activity Level
Shore Excursion Leaves From
Cruise Ship Pier
Food/Beverage Provided
Recommended Dress
We recommend wearing comfortable, smart and casual weather appropriate clothing and walking shoes.
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.
4 Stars4Based On 7 Reviews Review This Tour
4 StarsMagical WorldsSeptember 02, 2019

Reviewer: Blaze Newman
These two locations were more amazing than described, even though the lake was very small and the boat ride lasted maybe 20 minutes. One warning: to fully experience the cave, people need to walk down a lot of stone steps that are wet and slippery so be sure to wear closed shoes with good tread.

4 StarsLake and Cave ExcursionAugust 22, 2019

Reviewer: Liane Neumann
The views in the lake were absolutely spectacular. My pictures look like postcards. The one drawback was the day we went the lines for the lake were longer than the actual boatride. Shore Excursions did an excelllent job.

3 StarsHow badly do you want to see Melissani LakeAugust 05, 2019

Reviewer: Jonathan Chen
Melissani Lake is without question. However, the question is how badly do you want to see it. It is VERY popular so depending on how many other cruise ships are there and tourists from other places, you could easily wait 1-2 hours for a 10 minute boat ride which travels 50 yards at best. I heard some later arrivals ended up not even going in because of the wait. Dogarati Cave is also pretty but if you've ever been in a nice cave, there isn't anything unique about it.

5 Starstour of lake and caveJune 12, 2019

Reviewer: claire cavalier
we had a wonderful time on this excursion very organized and our guide was very knowledgeable Definetly would recommend this tour price was must better than the cruise ship

4 StarsMehSeptember 17, 2018

Reviewer: Mark Lupton
the tour guide met us at dock where all the busses were loading up guests. Except our bus was about 4 blocks away. We walked in the heat to the agency office. Guide was nice, driver good, sites were nice except the Lake was ridiculously backed up with busses and people Stood in a long line for approximately 2 hours for a 15 mins canoe ride into the beautiful lake/cave. The site was amazing, but the distance and line were just as amazing, but in a negative way. Not worth the work to get to it. Would not recommend unless there's no other ships in the port.

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