Classical Croatia

03/05/2023 -
Split, Croatia
Classical music
Robert Dean
Small group - 20
£ 1960 - based on 2 sharing
£ 360 GBP - single supplement

Illustrations by Rosanna Tasker

Just the tonic

I was sitting on one of the warm, honeyed stones of the peristyle in Split. I stared into my Gin and Tonic and did some hard thinking. Témi was looking at me full of curiosity and excited anticipation. She imagined I was taking in all the marvels that make Split what it is. A city that represents who we are. Our past, our future, our now.

She could see I was transfixed, perhaps contemplating the very meaning of life and the lives of those who had come before. Those who had built such a place, and sacrificed so much. The Roman streets stretched away from us, like arteries pumping life into the extremities of history.

Témi, concerned, could see I was in a deeply philosophical place. My face was lined with questions and intrigue. I took another swig of my G&T and suddenly, it all made sense. ‘What is it, darling?’, Témi said, tenderly caressing my face with her fingertips. ‘Well, I was just thinking’. ‘Yes?’ she said eagerly. ‘Is this Hendrick’s or Bombay?’ I could see from Témi’s expression that my question had taken things to a whole new level. ‘Dunno’, she said, hanging her head with a weariness that spoke volumes. ‘Only kidding’, I said. Témi glanced back, a flicker of hope flashed across her brow. ‘It’s Hendrick’s’.

If you don’t know Split, then you’re in for a visual, cultural and historical treat. The old centre is to all intents and purposes a Roman palace – a vast retirement home built by the very interesting rags-to-riches emperor, Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus Augustus. Born into a lower-class Dalmatian family, Diocles rose through the ranks of the military to become Roman cavalry commander to Emperor Carus. On the Emperor’s death (and after a battle or two), young Diocles or Diocletian as he came to be known, claimed the top job and decided to build the home of his dreams.

It’s the usual Grand Designs storyline: Man finds the perfect location on the coast; Man builds a small dwelling over seven acres with two-metre thick, seventy-two-metre high walls; Man likes towers; Man builds towers — sixteen of them; Man fills new home with a small army, a few slaves and the odd servant; Man leans back with goblet of wine in hand and a bunch of grapes (probably in someone else’s hand) to admire his work and those all-important Neptunian views. In your face, Kevin McCloud!

As well as the incredible history and Game of Thrones-style architecture (the hit TV show has been filmed there on numerous occasions), Split remains a real town. Notwithstanding the tourism, which between the months of June and September is close to overwhelming, this is a city with a beating heart and a strong community.

Music and food are central to the Dalmatian way of life, and as always on a Singing Holidays’ event, we’ll be taking full advantage of the many riches Split has to offer. Whether it’s a seafood risotto in a tiny side-street Konoba washed down with a delicious crispy Croatian white, or listening to the astounding a cappella of a local Klapa group in the Diocletian peristyle, Split oozes a musical and culinary culture that’s hard to beat.

What else can you expect on this fabulous 5-night Classical Choral Singing Holiday in Croatia? To start with, you’ll have a 3-hour workshop each morning with the fabulous Robert Dean. As one of the most sought-after singing professors and conductors in the UK, Robert spends every waking hour mentoring and teaching many of today’s, and tomorrow’s opera stars. He’s not only extremely talented, but he’s also sensitive and great fun. Whether you’re a newbie, whose only audience to date has been the inside of a shower curtain, or a seasoned chorister, Robert will eke out the very best in your singing and your performance. Talking of which, on the final evening of the holiday, you’ll be performing at one of the most exclusive venues in the city.

This is more than a holiday. It’s an opportunity to collaborate with, and immerse yourself in a musical culture, which UNESCO has included in its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Hendrick’s is good, but if you want to experience something really special, then this might be just the tonic.

Murum Bedroom Three

Murum Bedroom Three

Murum Bedroom Two

Murum Bedroom Two

Heritage Antique Bedroom One

Heritage Antique Bedroom One

Heritage Antique View

Heritage Antique View

Palatial. Literally.

At Singing Holidays, we like to keep things cosy. We don’t like the mega out-of-town soulless hotels where you feel utterly removed from the action. Hotel chains with 100 rooms, off-the-peg hotel furniture, identical bedrooms, remote service, plastic breakfasts… Nah, not for us. Yuck!

Our Classical Choral Holiday in Split is no exception to the usual Singing Holidays’ high standards. We’ll be staying in two charming boutique hotels that are quite literally in the centre of town and, most conveniently, right next to each other. In fact, we’re going to be so central we’re actually staying in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Diocletian Palace which has dominated the old town for the last 1700 years.

Both our hotels are small, intimate jewels set within gleaming stone streets and secret courtyards. Perfect places to hole up for our five nights of classical music.

A little bird told me

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£ 1960 GBP

Based on two sharing a twin or double room.

£ 360 GBP

Single supplement.



Everything but flights

The price quoted includes everything except flights and drinks outside mealtimes. From pick-up to drop-off, we’ll be on hand to take care of every expense and every need.


  • Transfer from the designated pick-up and drop-off point (normally the destination airport).
  • Any group transfer during your holiday.
  • Any group trips or events within the timeframe of your holiday, unless otherwise specified.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of your trip).
  • All tuition.
  • Accommodation.
  • Concert promotion.


All of our experts are obviously outstanding, inspirational artists, however they’re also lovely human beings. Their priority will always be 100% on you and your development. They are an integral part of the week, so be prepared to make new friendships.


You can expect to be among like-minded people who love to sing. You can expect a supportive, non-judgemental group and many laughs.

Nurtured and taken care of

Témi and Alex organize and run every Singing Holidays event. Unlike most holiday companies, we’re with you from first contact right through to our sad farewells at the end of your stay. There are no reps, no faceless office staff, no strangers picking you up from an airport. Just us.

Food and accommodation

Témi and Alex spend weeks recceing each holiday, so you can get the very best from your stay. Nothing is by chance — we check every restaurant, we eat every menu, we jump on every bed, we take a toothbrush and magnifying glass to every bathroom, skirting board and wardrobe. When you arrive, you can relax in the knowledge that we’ve well and truly done our homework.

Direct contact

From first encounter to said farewells at the end of your holiday, you’ll be in direct contact with either Alex or Témi. Singing Holidays has been running events in Italy and beyond since 2010, and one of our core values is to also keep things small and contained, so we can give you the best experience.

Insurance & data protection

Singing Holidays Ltd has full liability insurance cover with First Underwriting Ltd. We adhere to GDPR to protect your privacy and any data you submit via our website or sister website is secured with 128-bit SSL encryption.


Booking a holiday during a pandemic isn’t for the faint-hearted. However, if you book a Singing Holidays event, and then you are unable to travel due to mandatory country restrictions, then you will be eligible for a full refund (including any ‘non-refundable’ deposit payment).

Antique Split
& Murum
Poljana Grgura Ninskog 3

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© 2023 Singing Holidays™ Est. 2009
Singing Holidays Ltd. No. 11691653

Feefo Gold Award Singing Holidays 2023
World Land Trust Sustainable Holidays

Sustainable holidays with award-winning service. We are contributing to global reforestation and repairing damaged ecosystems. Every time you book a singing holiday, we’re busy planting trees and buying up land – helping to mitigate climate change.

© 2023 Singing Holidays™ Est. 2009
Singing Holidays Ltd. No. 11691653

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