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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 Alan, Just to tell you that we arrived home safely yesterday. We wish to thank you for your careful planning of our trip. We were very pleased with all the hotels, guides and drivers and very much enjoyed your country, Croatia, which was a complete surprise to us. The scenery and the hills are… Read more...
    Grace P. Marshall, USA
  •   Diana,thank you so much for guiding and helping us plan a spectacular two week vacation in Croatia. there are so many highlights we experienced but the consistent theme of the trip is that you made it so seamless and easy for us to do all the moving about that we did to every fantastic… Read more...
    Daniel Hyman, 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
  • Hi Natasa, Hope this finds you well. Here you go. Sorry it's taken so long When we set out to look for the best honeymoon package and destination, we had no idea we would get something that would be way beyond our expectations. As a couple, we knew we wanted to travel to Europe on… Read more...
    Maryanne & William, Kenya
  • Natasa, I just wanted to let you know that our honeymoon in Croatia was absolutely perfect!!! We had the best time and all because of the amazing planning you did for us. Thank you so much for all of your help both before and during the trip. It was a dream come true!! We can't… Read more...
    Carter Meader & Daniel Sox, USA
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