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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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  • If you are considering a visit to Croatia, there is only one travel agent to contact, Secret Dalmatia. Secret Dalmatia planned our entire three week trip. They reserved small, historic lodgings in picturesque locations; secured the best educated, experienced and local tour guides enabling us to see all that we wanted to and more; and… Read more...
    Jensen and Nassif Families, USA
  • Dear Mirna, We had a wonderful trip and thank you for arranging everything! We will recommend you and Secret Dalmatia to our friends and Croatia as a premier vacation spot. Our accommodations were gorgeous; our guides and driver were professional (but also so friendly and kind). The special meals (Tatjiana, Pellegrinis, Peka train station) and… Read more...
    Cymantha & William George Liakos, USA
  • The trip was absolutely amazing and exceeded our expectations by far!!! Your assistance in planning this was wonderful - we would never have been able to experience the things we did without your planning. Every step went absolutely smoothly. We loved our guides in every city - Vesna in Dubrovnik, Andrea at Stari Grad and… Read more...
    Michelle & Alan Ogilvie, USA
  • Thanks, Mirna. It was a great vacation for us. The hotels were terrific. They were well run with, especially in Stari Grad and Split, lots of personality. The drivers were punctual, helpful and careful. Your restaurant recommendations were great. We had a good balance of free time and pure-arranged travel. And we had good weather.… Read more...
    Mr. & Mrs. Thompson, Canada
  • Hi Natasha, The trip was wonderful and so exceptionally executed. My sister said she wishes Secret Dalmatia could arrange all her vacations. I appreciate all you did to ensure our Croatian stay was a fantastic experience. Thank you, Jennifer Kohlhase Read more...
    Kohlhase Family, USA
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