About Us

We are group of enthusiastic and passionate professionals

Dedicated to presenting the incredible heritage of our country to the world, in our tours and programs, we try to offer as much as Croatia can give. Our goal is to satisfy your curiosity by designing uniquely creative vacations and to provide first-class service whether it's finding the perfect guide or the perfect villa. 

Secret Dalmatia was started in 2005 by Alan, as a result of his lifelong intent to reveal the Croatian heritage to the world. An expert team of travel designers, today Secret Dalmatia introduces remote locations in our region to the travel map and presents the famous jewels in a new manner. Custom-designing creative leisure programs whilst insisting on first-class service, we try to show you as much of Croatia as possible, tailored completely to your interests and wishes. Our guests get insight into unique identities of these places through original, and often exclusive, tours.
Several of our offspring projects have proven visionary. Culinary Croatia was the first food and wine travel website in the region. Our Luxury Croatian Villas site was the first collection of ultimately luxurious villas in Croatia and still remains one of the most exclusive ones. Over time, we have made our way into the neighboring region and enjoy welcoming our guests anywhere in the Balkans.
If you are ready to truly experience Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro and other countries in the region, please contact us.

Meet the team

Alan Mandić

Alan Mandić

As the founder and managing director of Secret Dalmatia, Alan is personally dedicated to the vision of bringing the hidden beauties of Croatia to every Client. Alan has a deep connection to his country, so after finishing his university education at the New England School of Arts & Design in Boston, he decided to return to Croatia. The decision to found Secret Dalmatia followed an epiphany he had whilst wandering around Bribirska Glavica, one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. As the sunset settled in the distance, he stumbled upon two open sarcophagi and thought: "I must show this to the world!” Few months later, in 2005, he put together his passion, experience, and knowledge to create Secret Dalmatia and he has been dedicated to it full-time ever since.

Mariana Filipović

Mariana Filipović

Mariana has been a dedicated luxury travel professional for the past 7 years, having worked in sales and management of one of Croatia's leading hotels. She has spent most of her life in Split and is still absolutely in love with the city! With a degree in tourism and economics, Mariana is a professional ready to create memorable travel experiences to please all of your interests.

Vlasta Podravac

Vlasta Podravac

With more than a decade of providing the highest level of hospitality, Vlasta can proudly say she has been a crucial component in creating many memorable vacations. Her career began in one of Croatia’s top luxury hotels, where she learned all about supreme service. Over time, she expanded her professional portfolio, working as a travel planning specialist for 6 years before joining Secret Dalmatia.

Dubravka Petričević

Dubravka Petričević

Before joining the Secret Dalmatia team, Dubravka contributed to several 5* Croatian properties as the member of front office and sales teams. Avid communicator with a special interest for the Croatian culture and gastronomy, she leaves nothing to chance. With a master's degree in Italian and Russian, and a licence as an official court interpreter, Dubravka immediately comes across just as passionate as the cultures she chose to study.

Nataša Perić

Nataša Perić

Nataša has been in tourism for the better part of her career. Starting at entry level and working her way up to the position of product manager for individual and group European travel, she mastered each step of the travel coordination process. This makes her able to foresee your needs and ensure your travel experiences are smooth and agreeable. With a passion for history, arts and travel, Nataša puts a piece of herself into each carefully crafted itinerary!

Daria Mison

Daria Mison

Lucky to be from Istria, Croatia's westernmost region popularly known as "Terra Magica" or the Magical Land, Daria is enthusiastic about sharing the beauty of her home, and all of Croatia with the world. As an experienced traveller with a degree in modern languages and special interest in the protection of natural and cultural heritage, Daria is dedicated to creating a unique journey for you!

Secret Dalmatia is all about protection

Our passion for showing Croatia to the world stems from our immense respect for its known and unknown heritage, natural and cultural, material and immaterial. Croatian tourism relies greatly on this heritage, and as sustainable travel is of great importance to us, we find that remaining actively involved in its research and protection is both a way of giving back and investing into the future.

Every year, Secret Dalmatia partakes in regional projects intended to further preserve, research or promote Croatian heritage. We help both professionals and enthusiasts who care deeply about our land, wildlife and sea as well as about our historical and ethnological legacy. Our support is either through donations or simply through lending our voice to publicize threats to our heritage, like the lack of preservation and looting of archaeological sites, illegal bird and wildlife hunting...

To date, several projects funded from our donations resulted in extraordinary discoveries, such as the underwater Liburnian settlement dated to 3.500 years ago, discovered in collaboration with the University of Zadar.
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Testimonials

  • Hi Vlasta- Here are some thoughts regarding our trip: 1. All logistics, connections, transfers, etc. were seamless. No glitches anywhere. 2. We liked all of your guides and drivers. Not only did we learn a tremendous amount about your country's history and culture, but we also truly enjoyed their company! They were all willing to… Read more...
    Patricia and Robert Jacobs, USA
  • Hi Alan, Just a thank you for putting together such a special trip for us. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and discovering some of the secrets of your country. We will certainly be recommending you to anyone who wants to follow us. Kind regards David Waters Read more...
    David & Brigid Waters, UK
  • Diana,Thanks for your e mail. We have been settling into being back in New York with work and family obligations.Thanks for helping to make our trip so great. The hotels were wonderful, particularly Hotel Bellevue.The service staff were terrific and helpful. The two guides were very nice and informative . Mario, in Hvar, especially went out of his… Read more...
    Aviva & Allen Zweben, USA
  • Alan and Diana, I would like to say we enjoyed our trip so much and the itinerary/events/lodging was all amazing. We are just so thankful for your time and suggestions on all aspects of the trip. Please note a few items: The 6 course wine pared meal at Peligrini was really a 10 course just… Read more...
    Jered and Elaine Seifert, USA
  • Vlasta: The Menotti’s were also remiss in not speaking up sooner. We are in enthusiastic agreement with everything that Brent says in her email. We would add is that your tour showed us how much richer a travel experience can be when assisted by experienced guides. I think we would have missed a great deal… Read more...
    Goo & Menotti Group II, USA
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