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 Boko

Mariana Boko

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.

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!

Tea Šušnjar

Tea Šušnjar

Tea’s choice of career has been strongly influenced by her wanderlust. She only feels at home when she’s abroad and that’s why she’s keen on helping others feel the same way when visiting Croatia. After years of being a member of front office and sales teams, she is now using her knowledge and experience to help create new and unforgettable memories for you!

Emina Sertić

Emina Sertić

Emina's lively spirit is well reflected in her CV: she has experience in almost all the major sectors of tourism. Staring in marketing of Croatian National Parks, she continued in a PR role with one of the largest national tour operators before moving on to work with a national media company. Grounded and hard-working, Emina has kind words and fierce action towards any challenge – just the attitude you want when designing your perfect visit to Croatia and the Balkans.

Honorina Zujić

Honorina Zujić

Strong-willed and high-spirited, Honorina is a natural go-getter. A decade of diverse professional experiences led her to the position of Secret Dalmatia travel designer, where, coming from a long lineage of dedicated hospitality providers, she feels right at home. With an eye for detail, Rina is a wonderful recreational photographer, but most enjoys her humanitarian work, such as reading to children in hospitals.

Ivana Durdov

Ivana Durdov

A quest for new challenges brought this science major to Secret Dalmatia. During her studies, Ivana flirted with tourism in several seasonal gigs with the local and national tour operators. This led to a strong infatuation with the travel industry, and to managerial roles in several travel agencies after the completion of her studies. At Secret Dalmatia, Ivana is able to put her diverse expertise and skills toward creating perfect customized itineraries. Goal-oriented and composed, knowledgeable and informed, quick and dedicated, Ivana is your best antidote to travel planning stress.

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.
Read more HERE.

 

Testimonials

  • Hi Diana, We had such a wonderful visit to Croatia! I can't thank you enough for all you did to make this last-minute vacation happen in such a fabulous, personalized way. The Dubrovnik tour with Maris was excellent, as was the kayak afternoon with Nicolas. The drive to Montenegro was perhaps a little ambitious, but… Read more...
    Janney Family, USA
  • Hi Mariana, We apologize for our delayed response! We traveled for another week after Croatia and then hit the ground running when we got back with moving in to our new apartment. I hope all is well! It was great to meet you also. We absolutely LOVED the honeymoon. Honestly Secret Dalmatia made it incredibly… Read more...
    Mr. & Mrs. Blaser, USA
  • Alan, our trip to Croatia was absolutely wonderful--thanks to you. Every detail was taken care of. We loved the tours, the hotels, and the drivers. It was a trip that we will remember for a life-time. Croatia is a beautiful country and the people were so lovely and nice.Thank you for making our trip so… Read more...
    Jimmie Lapham Group, USA
  • Hi, Diana I wanted to thank you again for the extra effort to fetch my beloved IPAD. I certainly appreciated it. Your planning for us was exceptional and we in particular liked the guides. All were well informed, polite, accommodating, and really enhanced our trip. Can't tell you what was my favorite........ Hmmm. favorite hotel… Read more...
    Mr. & Mrs. Kelly, USA
  • Our tour of Croatia with Secret Dalmatia was fabulous. We visited remarkable natural wonders, historic cities and beautiful villages and castles, many of which we would never have found on our own. The trip arrangements - hotels, food, transportation - were just right, and we were always conscious that Alan was only a phone call… Read more...
    Kolesar and Conroy Families, USA
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