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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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  •   Hi Diana, Just returned home yesterday. Our trip was absolutely fabulously! You did an amazing job and I would certainly recommend your services in the future. We liked it so much I hope to come back.Thanks again for everything that you did for us. Let me know if you need any formal feedback.All the… Read more...
    Cairy Holtby & friends, USA
  • Dear Mariana, Thank you very much for organising our family’s tour of Croatia.  Everything went very smoothly and we all enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.  I would especially like to thank our drivers (Sebastian and Christan) for their very capable and safe driving – we all felt very safe in their hands.  We were also very impressed… Read more...
    MacGregor Family, Australia
  • Pamela and Alan, I wanted to let you know that our trip to Croatia last week was fantastic.  Our itinerary was perfect.  Each of the places we visited was very different, and each of the experiences you arranged (walking tours, a buggy tour, an offroad tour) was terrific.  The hotels you arranged were beautiful and… Read more...
    John and Anita, USA
  • Sorry for our delay, Diana. It is never easy coming back from a vacation and was especially difficult after such an incredible experience in Croatia. Thank you for truly creating a hassle-free vacation. We can't express enough how easy the vacation felt which allowed us to really relax and enjoy all the beauty of Croatia.… Read more...
    Jon S. & James P., USA
  • Dear Diana, Thanks for your email. I am back home and settling-in, though still suffering a little from holiday blues! Everyone in the group thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we are very grateful for all your help in organising it for us. We enjoyed all the restaurants the guides brought us to and in particular… Read more...
    Daisy Ma group, USA
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