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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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  • http://www.davidweekleyhomes.com/Alan - we have arrived back in Houston - we enjoyed our trip a LOT ! Good Hotels, location and tour recommendations, etc. All transfers and tour guides were timely and good. The detailed itinerary we got a week or so before we left with exact times, names , and phone numbers was very helpful.… Read more...
    David and Bonnie Weekley, USA
  • Mirna, We returned from Europe yesterday. What a wonderful time we had! It is hard for me to refrain from boring people with stories of our trip all the time. The islands were beautiful. Oz was a fantastic captain - the best I've experienced. I'm so glad you urged us to book him. You said… Read more...
    Suein Hwang Family
  •   Hi Diana Thank you for your email. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole Secret Dalmatia experience and had a wonderfully memorable week. Specifically, our driver from the train station in Zagreb right through to when he dropped us in Split, was absolutely wonderful. Our local guide in Zagreb was also especially lovely. All the guides… Read more...
    Mr. & Mrs. D'Arcy, USA
  • Dear Vlasta   As promised, here is our feedback on our experience with Secret Dalmatia:   Coming from so far away, and not having dealt with Secret Dalmatia (SD) before, we were pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of their team, especially Vlasta Podravac.  SD did not drop the ball even once, in arranging pick-up's, transfers &… Read more...
    Wilfred, Andrew & Mark Ong, Singapore
  • Judy and I have been sorting out the photos over the weekend and with each one we get excited over again! The trip historically (Split, Pula, Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, etc.) the beauty (Hvar, The Dalmatian Coast, etc.) were extraordinary. We can't think how you could have it planned better for us! Michael was also a tremendous… Read more...
    Judy and Ernie Glantz, USA
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