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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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  • NatasaI have been trying to email you all week but my email account had issues and my son had to repair it. Anyway, I want to say a heartfelt thank you for all you did to make our trip such a wonderful once in a life time experience. We truly enjoyed every single moment of… Read more...
    Elizabeth Shook - group of 5, USA
  • Dear Natasha We are now home. It was a disappointment that there was no shiny, black Mercedes with a driver organised by Secret Dalmatia to pick us up on arrival at Heathrow!. We had to wheel our own cases and drive ourselves.......... I know that everyone in our party was delighted with everything you organised… Read more...
    Burridge group, UK
  • Alan, Sorry for the delay in getting a very happy response to you. It has been a challenging re-entry into regular life and with Jet lag and full blown work requirements I have been distracted. Here is a couple of pictures, one of us in the olive grove for dinner, a couple at Cedo’s and… Read more...
    Valerie and Nicole Nicholson, 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
  • Dear Vlasta, Sorry for the delay, but the flavor of our trip still lasts. all eight of us agree that you organized an exceptionally fine tour for us. from the comfort of the bus, the skill, punctuality, detailed attentiveness and congeniality of the driver to the very nice, centrally located hotels, and, except for one… Read more...
    Goo & Menotti Group, USA
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