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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
  • Hello Mariana thank you for the wonderful pictures and memories it was great fun. Mike and I had an amazing trip and we cannot even tell you how much we love Nevis. She became our family and she was so intelligent on all topics. Her knowledge of Croatia and the history was impeccable. We would… Read more...
    Kimberly and Mike Janes, USA
  • We planned a two week honeymoon in Croatia and we spent our entire time on the Dalmatian Coast. I planned EVERYTHING (hotel, excursions, transfers, tours, etc... ) with Alan and the Secret Dalmatia team. Alan was extremely responsive right from the start and would e-mail me back with costs, details, and recommendations any time I… Read more...
    Mr. Richard Gordon and Mrs. Tanuka Roy, USA
  • Dear Alan, We had a truly lovely holiday and are enormously appreciative of the effort, thought and helpful advice that you put into making it such a memorable week. We thought that the guides were perfect, hugely well educated and interesting, and a delight to meet. We also thoroughly enjoyed meeting and dining with many… Read more...
    Dr. John & Emma Hood, USA
  • Vlasta! Huge thanks for the amazing trip that Secret Dalmatia put together for our group! We all agreed it was a marvelous trip & that Croatia was incredible! We have to give special thanks to our three guides in all three countries. They were fantastic, & Nives especially went out of the way to be… Read more...
    Tamara Jorden Group, USA
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