We like to think Athena Holidays is a family business. Providing UK coach holidays from our base in Berkhamsted – Hertfordshire, we remain truly local by not using major interchanges and have joining points in convenient locations from Kings Langley to Thame.
Our holiday collection features tours all over the UK from Devon and Cornwall, to Wales, the Lake District and the South Coast. We also have holidays to suit all budgets, with simple family run hotels to Warner Leisure Hotels with their vast entertainment programme. On the majority of our holidays we have at least five rooms with no single supplement to help those travelling on their own.
The collection of day trips are also extremely popular. Starting with our Ladies Day at Ascot trip five years ago, we have now expanded the programme to Christmas Markets, Day Cruises, Railways and Seaside trips in the summer, starting from a very reasonable £23 per person.
Each of our holidays is hand crafted to make sure you have the best experience possible, from the comfortable hotels we stay at, to the carefully planned excursions included.
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Our fully escorted holidays in the UK are ideal for those travelling on their own. Where possible we have double rooms for sole occupancy, giving you a larger room and larger bed. We also encourage those travelling along to make friends with their fellow travellers with a 'Mix and Mingle Reception' on the first day, and a social dining table during the week. All co-ordinated by our exclusive Tour Host or Hostess
5 day holiday - was £489pp, NOW £375pp
EXCURSIONS: Durham, Durham Dales and Raby Castle, Beamish
Durham - Discover the captivating medieval city of Durham, with ancient winding streets packed with history, culture and stunning architecture, including the magnificent Norman Castle and Cathedral.
Durham Dales and Raby Castle - Starting with a scenic excursion through the Durham Dales, we head to the market town of Barnard Castle via Weardale, Alston and Teesdale. After lunch, we visit Raby Castle, one of England's finest medieval castles.
Beamish - Step back in time at Beamish, where the past is brought to life. In 300 acres of beautiful countryside, visit Pockerley's manor house and railway, and take a tram ride througha real Edwardian market town with its lovingly rebuilt houses and shops.
TOUR HOTEL: The 4* Redworth Hall Hotel is a stunning 17th century Jacobean Manor House situated in the blissful tranquility of its own 26 acres of landscaped grounds. Originally contructed in the 1690's as a family home, the Redworth Hall is one of County Durham's mos picqturesque places to stay. Attractively appointed rooms have views over the woodlands or courtyard garden, and there are all the amenities you would need for an enjoyable stay. There is also a spa and indoor swimming pool.
5 day holiday - was £429pp NOW £329pp
EXCURSIONS - Liverpool and Southport
Liverpool - Enjoy a two hour guided coach tour of Liverpool and marvel at the history, heritage and architecture of this vibrant city. Rounding off the day, enjoy a river exporer on a 'Ferry across the Mersey'.
Southport - Excursion to the elegent seaside town of Southport. Its architecture, parks, gardens, promenade and the UK's oldest iron pier reflect its historical heritage. Lord Street, with its tree-lined boulevards and iron canopies is recognised as one of the most elegant shopping areas in England.
TOUR HOTEL - The Mercure Liverpool Atlantic Tower Hotel has a prime position in the centre of the city, opposite the famous Liver Building and waterfront. For our leisure day, it's also close to Liverpool's bustling city centre and attractions. Renovated in 2015, the rooms are light and airy with all the mod-cons, while the Vu Bar has fantastic views over the city.
5 day holiday from £499pp
EXCURSIONS - Lakes Distillery, Keswick, Grasmere, Haverthwaite to Lakeside Railway, Lake Windermere, Lake Ullswater Cruise and Penrith.
Lakes Disillery, Keswick and Grasmere - After a scenic driver past Lake Windermere, Thirlmere Reservoir and Bassenthwaite, we have a tasting of whisky, gin or vodka on a tour of the Lakes Distillery. We also visit Keswick and Grasmere.
Haverthwaite to Lakeside Railway and Lake Windermere - We include a short rail journey from Haverthwaite to Lakeside. Afterwards we cruise across Lake Windermere to Bowness.
Lake Ullswater Cruise and Penrith - We cruise on Lake Ullswater, before spending time in Penrith, stopping in Ambleside to see Waterhead with sweeping views across Lake Windermere.
TOUR HOTEL - The 3* Riverside Hotel in Kendal is a converted 18th century tannery, located on the banks of the River Kent, overlooked by the ruins of the town's 12th century castle. The spacious rooms are well appointed, and some overlook the river. There is a state of the art leisure club with a heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym! Many ingrediants are either home grown or locally sourced in their popular restuarant.
4 day holiday from £325pp
Our leisure breaks are designed so you can maximise the use of the hotel's extensive facilities, so we haven't included excursions with this holiday. With so much happening in resort, you wouldn't want to leave anyway!
It is an opportunity to spoint yourself with so much on offer. There are a host of activities including Nordic walking, archery, shooting, tennis, yoga or one of the organised walks taking in the local area. There are even dance and singing workshops!
If that all sounds too much, relax in the spa or steam room, or take a dip in the heated indoor swimming pool.
All Warner's hotels have great cuisine. At breakfast time you have the option of cereals and fresh fruit or indulging in a traditional full English and the three-course evening meal is prepared with local ingrediants.
It wouldn't be complete without its nightly entertainment, there is a different show every night! Prepare to be dazzled by some of the best live bands, top tribute acts and even sometimes showbiz star names!