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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: Thank you so much for the experiences you arranged for me in Croatia and Montenegro. I am impressed with your Company, and these special tours that you arranged tailored to my interests. You provided a special way for me to see Croatia and Montenegro; one that I could not have done on… Read more...
    David Isaacson, USA
  • Our time in Croatia is soon coming to an end. We arrived in Dubrovnik this afternoon and checked in to the Villa Dubrovnik, which is of the same wonderful character as all the facilities Mirna reserved for us. Spectacular! One of a kind! The best in Dubrovnik. Every part of our trip has been spectacular,… Read more...
    Thomas i Deborah Britton, USA
  • Hello Dubravka, we have finally sat down to talk about our trip and wanted to give you some feedback on our trip so you may continue to give people a wonderful experience.First the hotels, all the hotels were wonderful but maybe you should have an option of something a bit closer to the center in… Read more...
    Mrs. Amalia Mauro Arias and the grandchildren, Costa Rica
  • Mirna, I am writing to tell you how much we enjoyed our trip to Croatia organized by Secret Dalmatia, When were in the planning stages of this holiday Joan and I were much impressed by the your agency's flexibility in involving us in the planning. It was, in that sense, our trip and not a… Read more...
    Fred Peters & Joan Krantzberg, Canada
  • Dear Mariana,(please share with Alan) We are back and out of jet lag and back to real life. I think living in Split would be something I would love to consider!!!!   We enjoyed working with Secret Dalmatia and more so with you in particular as our planner /tour expert. Alan is very fortunate to… Read more...
    Srinivasan family, USA
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