Melissani Lake & Swim At Myrtos Beach - Cephalonia

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    Monday 2:30pm, Thursday 2:00pm
  • Departure Details :
    Argostoli Tourist Information Office, Leof. Antoni Tritsi, Argostoli 281 00, Greece
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Customers from Cruise Ships will be collected at the port. Our staff will wait the .. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy a boat ride across the underground lake of Melissani where sunlight enters the caves, turns the water bold blue and scatters rays of light around the whole interior. Take the chance to admire one of the most photographed beaches of the world, adorning every holiday brochure. Watch the wonderful turquoise waters become lilac and mauve in the horizon.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city

Know More about this tour

Traveling from the port in a northerly direction, you will pass the town of Sami, famous from the Hollywood movie 'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' before arriving to the subterranean Lake of Melissani.
Enjoy a boat ride across the mystical underground lake, where sunlight entering the caves turns the water bold blue and scatters rays of light around the whole interior. The headwater is in Argostoli, and it enters the cave by traveling underground across the island and through holes from the western coastline. Driving through the picturesque harbor of Ag. Efimia, you will have the chance to take photos or to swim in the magnificent Myrtos Beach , known as one of the most photographed places in Greece.



Live commentary on board

Local guide

Hotel/port pickup and drop-off

Air-conditioned vehicle

Entry/Admission - Melissani Cave


Food and drinks

Sunbeds and Umbrellas

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Dress code is smart casual

Not wheelchair accessible

Service animals allowed

Not recommended for travelers with back problems

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Traveler Reviews

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  • 24-Aug-2022

    We made a stop here in Argostoli from our cruise and did the tour with Avalon group. Plain and simple it would be average overall 3 stars. What gives it the boost to 4 stars was our tour guide SANDRO, young kid who was very funny and knowledgeable about his home. Mytros Beach was beautiful, but a pebble beach so bring your water shoes. There's also only one bar there so it's a very long line if you want snacks and drinks. The water is very beautiful though. The trip to get from the agency to the beach was long and hot due to a/c not being the greatest, and the road is winding, but we did have an excellent driver Giorgio. Melissani lake although short lived, is definitely worth it, incredibly beautiful and must see for pictures. If I could change my tour I would do the Melissani lake and Drogarati Cave instead- they were the same price as going to the beach 80 euros for two people definitely great prices as opposed to on the ship excursion which is probably about 140 euros for 2 people. Thanks again Sandro!

  • 23-Aug-2022

    Fantastic company from start to finish, they picked us up from our accommodation and dropped us back, the tour was fantastic and so was the driver and guidr

  • 06-Aug-2022

    Es war ein unbeschreiblich schöner Ausflug, der uns noch lange in Erinnerung bleiben wird. Die Tour Guides waren total nett und hilfsbereit und konnten uns einige Infos über die Insel mit auf den Weg geben. Zu erst besuchten wir den Myrtos Beach. Ein unfassbar schöner Strand mit türkisem Wasser, das uns herrlich Erfrischt hat. Für 10 Euro konnte man beim Kiosk einen der beliebten Schirmplätze buchen. Diese waren bei unserem Besuch allerdings bereits alle von anderen Gästen belegt. Nach 1,5 Stunden Aufenthalt ging es weiter zum Melissani See. Wir standen gut 40 Minuten für den Einlass an. Der Andrang war an dem Tag gross. Es hatte sich aber gelohnt. Man gelangt zunächst durch Treppen zu einem Fels-Tunnel - einem Stollen. Es geht leicht abwärts und nach etwa 100 Metern erreicht man den unterirdischen See der mit Ruderbooten befahren wird. Die geführte Tour mit dem Ruderboot dauert in etwa 10 Minuten. Dennoch hat sich das lange anstehen gelohnt, denn das Farbenspiel des Wassers, welches sich durch Sonnenstrahlen ergibt, die durch die Öffnung der Höhlendecke vom Wasser reflektiert werden ist definitiv sehenswert und unserer Meinung nach ein Muss, wenn man auf die Insel reist. Unbedingt ansehen!

  • 01-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.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    Worthgettin there early and beat the coach tours. Take a taxi and queue inside in the cool tunnel. Not in the heat and fumes in car park. Some litter in car park. Nice to walk on the coast.

  • 17-Sep-2019

    We came off our cruise ship late morning expecting to just stay in Argostoli and we were given a flyer by a lovely girl from the agency. No hassle and said if interested to just pop over and see them. We had a look over the tours and went over to ask more information. We were greeted by Mark who is from the UK and now works there. He was brilliant. Explained the 2 tours that were left what we would see etc. I knew I wanted to go and see the lake so we did just that. €35 each for a 4 hour tour... Much cheaper than the $67pp our cruise company were offering for the same tour! The drive in a comfortable air conditioned mini bus was lovely and we saw beautiful scenery and views and our guide Maria explained what we were seeing along the way. Queue for the lake was around 40 mins which was fine and no bother as it went quickly and Maria stayed with us throughout pointing out where to get water and the toilets. She was lovely. We stopped at Myrtos beach view point which was lovely but my only wish is we could have had a bit longer than 5 mins to really take in the most amazing views! Please extend the time for future guests please as it was beautiful!! Our driver dropped us off by town so we could walk back to the ship stopping off at shops on the way which was nice and no bother at all. If we had known this place was here I'd have got off the ship earlier and done the island tour with them as there is so much more to see! But if you don't have long and visiting on a cruise I recommend them 100%. They are 5 mins from the port and Mark was brilliant considering he moved there after falling in love with the island so he knows what he is talking about. I'm a travel agent and thoroughly enjoyed it and came back thankful we did a trip with them. Thank you Mark and Maria at Avalon!

  • 15-Sep-2019

    Our family of four did a private tour with Avalon back in August, but, I'm just getting the chance to write the review now. Sadly, Kefalonia was only a six hour stop on our cruise itenerary, but, we made the best of it. We started communicating with Mark Fowler a few months prior and he was quick to answer our emails and very informative. We chose to have a private tour for our group of 8, in a 12 passenger air conditioned minibus. The driver was very good, very friendly, and very safe on Kefalonia's windy roads. After the pick-up from the port, he tried to get us to Melissani Lake as quickly as he could to beat the hordes of tour buses (but even so, we still waited an hour, but, when we left after our boat ride, the line looked as if it had grown to 2 hours). The driver then took us over to Myrtos beach where we got to spend just under 2 hours. Myrtos Beach was amazing. We kind of wished that we had skipped the lake and just spent the entire time there. We learned for next time!

  • 07-Sep-2019

    Muy buen el guía y Los sitios preciosos. Pero ponía baño en la playa de una hora y media y estuvimos solo 50 minutos

  • 19-Aug-2019

    The tour guide was lovely and not their fault that the line for Melissani Lake Tour was 1.5hrs. This meant we didn’t even go to Myrtos beach- the first thing in the title of the tour. They gave us 5€ back for it which seemed silly considering the tour was 35€. I guess there’s no guarantee you’ll actually do what the tour promises.

  • 18-Aug-2019

    Fila di ore per entrare, senza alcuna organizzazione dedicata ai gruppi, che consentisse al team leader di provvedere ai suoi partecipanti. A causa del ritardo cancellata la pausa a Myrtos, nonostante le lamentele di chi non era sulla crociera. Rimborso di 5 euro ridicolo e promessa falsa di contatto per recuperare Myrtos.Domattina ripartiamo Molto Delusi!

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