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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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Testimonials

  • Alan - Thanks for putting together a great trip. We thoroughly enjoyed it. The country was beautiful, the guides were very knowledgeable and prompt, and all accommodations were good. You had a nice mix of land, water, activity, and free time. At first I was surprised that the tours began at 5:00 pm, however, as… Read more...
    Kay Minnich, USA
  • Hello Alan,We are back in Canada and I wanted to thank you for all the arrangements which you made possible for us in both Croatia and Slovenia. It was a wonderful trip and full of great pictures and memories. We will definitely return to the area and would love to use your agency again and… Read more...
    Susan and Hilary Clegg, Canada
  • Mariana, you arranged an excellet tour for us, we enjoyed everything we did, the drivers and guides were excellent , the accomodations  were great, I think  the guests should know that the Hotel More is under construction and was a little noisy, but the hotel was expectacular and the view was incredible . We are… Read more...
    Callava Family, USA
  •   Alan and Diana, After a much delayed BA flight from London to Washington, we arrived home in one group. The journey was a blast and we really appreciated all of the people who made our trip fun and exciting. As I'm sure Drew told Alan, the guides, the drivers, the hotel staffs and the… Read more...
    William Waybourn, USA
  • Hello, I just wanted to thank you again for a fantastic trip. You made my husband's birthday vacation wonderful. Every driver and every guide was professional, knowledgable and fun. They made the tours delightful! The hotels were amazing and every arrangement went perfectly. I'll be recommending your agency to every friend and family member that… Read more...
    O'Hara Family, USA
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