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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 Mariana, I wanted to write to tell you that Kevin and I had a wonderful time while in Croatia! Thank you so much for helping us plan our trip. We knew very little about the country when I first contacted you so your expertise was extremely valuable. First, the itinerary you suggested was perfect.… Read more...
    Mr. & Mrs. Wingert , USA
  • 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,Thank you so much for everything! Our trip was absolutely amazing. Everything was seamless and wonderful. Every transfer, hotel, wine tour/excursion, meal, etc...( I could go on forever)!We presented you with a complicated request; an itinerary that began in Venice and worked our way down the Adriatic Coast with many stops along the way, and… Read more...
    Marisa and Anthony Saladino, USA
  • Hi Alan Sonja was absolutely amazing and was very informative. The food and wine pairing was also fantastic and we tasted some amazing and interesting wines. Thank you so much for arranging such a special event and will let my friends know when they visit Split. CheersShelley Read more...
    Shelley de Beer, USA
  • Dear Diana and Alan, Sorry this has taken so long but we only got back to Perth yesterday and have been unable to send emails from our ipad. We had a very enjoyable time and were very impressed how smoothly everything went, well organised, great hotels and knowledable guides. The steps everywhere were a challenge… Read more...
    Nigel and Jeanette Sinclair, Australia
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