New Orleans Jazz in Croatia
Makarska Riviera, Croatia
- The beautiful Makarska Riviera
This beautiful stretch of coastline has wide promenades, charming restaurants, cafes, shops and tempting ice cream parlours.
- Your host John Shillito
Join trumpeter, bandleader and Jazz expert John Shillito for two informative jazz talks.
- Five evenings of live New Orleans Jazz
John Shillito's Select Six will present you with five evenings of exuberant live New Orleans jazz performances.
- Full board
Enjoy six live jazz sessions from The John Shillito Band
Enjoy six evenings of live New Orleans jazz at your comfortable hotel on Croatia's south coast. You'll enjoy all inclusive value during your stay with meals served buffet-style in the hotel's restaurant.
- Expert Host
- Saga Host
- Included themed activities
- Expert Host Talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Leisure time
- 20kg checked-in luggage
- Free hotel Wi-Fi
- Hotel porterage
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
Plus, this hotel features:
- All breakfasts, lunches and dinners
Excursions and visits:
- Six evenings of live New Orleans jazz
- Tour of Makarska (half day)
Dalmacija Sunny Hotel by Valamar, Kralja Petra Krešimira IV 41, 21300 Makarska, Hrvatska, Croatia
The locally rated 3-star Dalmacija Sunny Hotel by Valamar (3Q) overlooks an attractive white pebble beach lapped by crystal clear waters.
The hotel has air-conditioned bedrooms and all Saga rooms have a balcony with at least partial sea views. Bathrooms are compact and only have a shower.
Food and Drink
Enjoy authentic Dalmatian and Mediterranean cuisine or have a refreshing drink on the hotel's terraces which offer wonderful views of the sea. Enjoy wide-ranging buffets during breakfast and dinner when you can sample well-known Mediterranean and international specialities prepared in front of guests in a show-cooking kitchen. During the day perhaps relax on the terrace of the lobby bar or visit the pool bar where you can treat yourself to light dishes for lunch.
The hotel also has an exclusive Saga lounge, which is open from 11am to 11pm offering local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
During your stay, enjoy the following programme of activities and entertainment. Some activities may be at an extra charge and may change from time to time.
- Live music twice per week
- Pilates or Yoga (extra charge)
- Tennis courts
- Table tennis
Outdoor swimming pool
A la carte restaurant
VIP Club Lounge
Overlooking the tree-lined, white pebble beach, this lively hotel has an attractive position on a coastal promenade, a short walk from the town centre's bars, shops, restaurants and excursion boats.
The bus station is approximately a 10 minute walk from the hotel entrance. Exploring is made easy thanks to the excellent transport links.
Split airport is approximately 90 minutes’ drive away.
The dramatic Biokovo Mountains guard this 60-kilometre stretch of coastline that’s etched with long sandy and pebbly beaches. The long stretches of beach here are considered to be one of the major attractions and are regarded by some as the most scenic of the Adriatic Coast.
The sweeping forested slopes protect dozens of seaside villages including the small town of Makarska, which has an excellent setting beside a horseshoe-shaped bay. Explore the narrow streets and markets, admire the 16th-century Franciscan monastery and discover elegant St Mark’s Cathedral in the town’s main plaza.
Inspired by vintage recordings of early American jazz masters, John Shillito borrowed an old cornet and started his playing career whilst still a Sheffield schoolboy. His successful career as a trumpeter, jazz musician and bandleader spans over five decades – he has played and sung at all the major UK festivals, throughout Europe, in Russia and South Africa, as well as in the birthplace of jazz – New Orleans.
Day 1 Arrive at your hotel
Arrive at the Dalmacija Sunny Hotel by Valamar. D
Day 2 Orientation
Get to know your host and fellow Saga guests at an informal welcome meeting. An orientation walk this morning will introduce you to beautiful Makarska and the area around the hotel. This afternoon look forward to an afternoon jazz talk before an evening of live jazz, courtesy of The John Shillito Band. B, L, D
Day 3 Day at leisure
You'll have the day at leisure – so perhaps join an optional excursion. Then, enjoy another evening of live jazz back at the hotel. B, L, D
Day 4 Jazz talk
This morning is at leisure, when you can perhaps explore your surroundings or make the most of your hotel’s facilities. Later today look forward to a drinks reception followed by dinner and more jazz from John Shillito and friends. B, L, D
Day 5 Live jazz
Today you can look forward to an included half day excursion to Makarska revealing the highlights of the town. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before an evening of live jazz at the hotel. B, L, D
Day 6 Day at leisure
You'll have the day at leisure today, before an evening of toe-tapping live jazz at the hotel. B, L, D
Day 7 Jazz talk
Enjoy another free day with a late afternoon jazz talk by John Shillito, followed by your final evening of live jazz – sure to be a night to remember! B, L, D
Day 8 Departure
Depart this morning after breakfast. B
This pretty resort is situated on the Makarska Riviera. Makarska’s old town is characterised by its narrow stone-paved streets, a main church square (with a flower and fruit market) and a Franciscan monastery that dates back to 1614. The basement of the monastery houses a Malacological museum that is believed to contain the largest collection of snails, seashells and mussels! Another of the main sights is the Parish Church of St Mark, which dates back to 1776. Most of the hotels in Makarska are situated just off the bay and have their own private beaches.
Included on 7 nights itinerary
This excursion takes you by coach to the stunning rock canyon of Cetina, one of the natural wonders of Croatia. The beautiful Cetina River and its canyon, nearby mountain tops and islands, ancient vineyards and olive plantations make up a landscape of great beauty.
You then continue to the historic town of Omiš, where you visit an old wine cellar.
The mouth of the Cetina River opens into the sea, at Omiš. The town is protected by ancient town walls, within which you will find delights such as the 10th-century chapel of St Peter.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
Stay longer and see more
Make the most of your holiday with an extra week at the Dalmacija Sunny Hotel by Valamar. A dedicated Saga host will be resident at the hotel during your extended stay (please note there won't be a jazz programme during your extra week, or a jazz host).
This exuberant band, made up of veteran performers who have all been playing at the highest levels since the 1950s, will also perform ballads, vaudeville classics and pulse-quickening street parade anthems. John Shillito, who leads the band on trumpet and vocals, will also act as your jazz host.
Please note: the line-up of the band can be subject to change.