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Alan Mandić

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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.

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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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  • Dear Natasa, We are back home again now, although the cold here is a bit of a shock! On behalf of the three of us, I wanted to send you a big thank you for organising a wonderful tour for us. We enjoyed every minute of it, and were so happy and thankful that we… Read more...
    Jennifer and Tom Carrol, Gordon Coss, Australia
  • Hi Mirna, Now that I'm home and things have settled down a bit - I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated the trip that you designed for us, your attention to detail, and the wonderful guides you provided for us - Nives and Mario's dad, Pero - EVERYTHING WAS SO FANTASTIC!!… Read more...
    Nina, Mary Tess & Andy Marinkovich, USA
  • Dear Mirna, Thank you for your email. Our Croatia journey was very wonderful -- thanks to you and your incredible team. Everybody was friendly, helpful and professional and helped to make our week in Croatia truly memorable. I would have no hesitation recommending Secret Dalmatia to all friends and associates who wish to visit Croatia!… Read more...
    Rita Wong, USA
  • Hi Alan, We reached Mumbai safe. Thank you very much for the excellent arrangements made during our trip. From our first inquiry, you have been very prompt and thorough in answering all of our questions. Everything from Slovenia to Croatia to Budapest was perfectly arranged and well executed. The tour arrangements worked out exactly as… Read more...
    Naganath Family, India
  • Hi Alan, we had a wonderful time and appreciate the lovely accommodations as well as the amazingly qualified people you have assembled. We truly think the guides and drivers are what made visiting Croatia such a pleasure. The history and monuments stand on their own but come alive with the help of the talented guides… Read more...
    Linda and John Schwamm, USA
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