St. Andrews Monastery, Melissani Cave Boat Ride, & Agia Efimia Village
- Agios Andreas Monastery: Magnificent frescos and icons grace this 13th-century monastery, renovated in 1639; it includes a museum that holds amazing sacred relics and artworks from other churches lost in a 1953 earthquake.
- Melissani Cave: Take a boat ride inside a large, B-shaped cave separated by a wooded island; an opening overhead allows sunshine to illuminate beautiful blue water that reaches depths of 100 feet.
- Agia Efimia: You'll have about 45 minutes to explore this picturesque coastal village on your own and discover the beautiful architecture, lovely churches, and the wonderful restaurants and taverns by the harbor.
About this Kefalonia Tour
The Monastery of St. Andrew has more than its share of artistic treasures, including beautiful frescos, murals, and icons. But its greatest treasures, preserved in the monastery's museum, are two shirts, some old letters, and a foot.
One shirt belongs to St. Nectarios (1846–1920). When he died and his clothes were being removed in the hospital, it was accidentally placed on the bed of a paralyzed man – who suddenly recovered the ability to walk.
The other shirt was worn by St. Panagis (1800–1888), who gave his fortune to the needy and devoted his life to caring for the sick and suffering. The museum also holds letters written by St. Kosmas (1714–1779), who had an uncanny ability to predict technological progress; he prophesied that man would someday fly like birds, be able to speak to people in different countries as if they were in adjoining rooms, and travel in carriages that weren't drawn by horses.
But even in a monastery with so many relics, the one said to be the sole of the right foot belonging to Andrew, the first apostle, is the most unusual. The remains are stained with dried blood; believers say it shows the hole of the nail used during St. Andrew's crucifixion in 69 A.D.
One unassuming monastery, on a not-so-populous Greek Island, with four saintly relics. This monastery, like this tour, has more than its share of memorable sights.
The nymph of the lake
The Melissani Lake and Cave were named after Melissani, a nymph from Greek mythology, who fell in love with the god Pan. Sadly, he wasn't interested and she drowned herself in the lake. Nymphs are supposed to be myth, fiction. But a dig in 1962 unearthed figurines of nymphs on an island inside the cave. And many of the cave's stalactites look like dolphins, which according to mythology, served as messengers for the nymphs.
Meet meet your guide outside the main cruise terminal. Please look for our GoBe Representative with the displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby
For the cave visit, small wooden boats with a 10-12 person capacity are used.
Traveler must be able to walk approximately 1 miles over uneven, slippery surfaces at the cave, 10+ steps and inclines along the route. Tour is not accessible for wheelchair confined guests.
Cultural, Bus Tour, Walking Tour
Buses are equipped with seat belts and guests are required to wear them.
English, French, German, Italian
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Travelers must be 6 years of age or older to participate in this tour. May be difficult for children under the age of 6 years to walk for roughly 2 hours.
Special Medical Restriction
Participants must be in good health, disclose their physical fitness and advise any conditions that might impact their participation in the tour.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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