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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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  •   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
  • 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
  • THE BEST!! We have greatly enjoyed two trips to Croatia in 2016-2017 organized by Secret Dalmatia. The first trip was a visit to Split during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Secret Dalmatia arranged two fantastic hiking tours: one to the Hinterlands and one to Brac, both with Dom. On the Hinterlands tour, he showed… Read more...
    Stephanie Leone & Thomas Hanlon, USA
  • Vlasta, We made it back to the U.S. We wanted to let you know how much we all enjoyed our trip to Croatia. We feel so much closer to our Croatian roots! Every part of the trip was great. The hotel choices were perfect, all of the guides were interesting and very knowledgeable. The drivers… Read more...
    Glass Family, USA
  • Dear Dubravka, We definitely enjoyed a memorable trip. Working with you we were able to pack quite a bit into 8 days; day 9 we left so I am not counting that although the driver that morning provided wonderful commentary-historical and current events-on the city of Zagreb. So, even day 9 had its informative moments… Read more...
    Robert Bracken Group, USA
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