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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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  • Dubravka, We're now settled back in after our trip, but wishing we are still in Croatia. We had an incredible time discovering your amazing country and were very happy with Secret Dalmatia- everything was well organized, follow-through was great and the itinerary, especially the side excursions, really made the trip special. Some more specific comments:… Read more...
    Suh Family, USA
  • Emina,I just wanted to say thank you for all you did for us. Our trip was amazing!! We enjoyed your beautiful country, the people we met, the food and all of the wonderful excursions you set up for us. You made the whole trip easy, very interesting, and lots of fun. We all would love… Read more...
    Hellman Family, USA
  • Our tour of Croatia with Secret Dalmatia was fabulous. We visited remarkable natural wonders, historic cities and beautiful villages and castles, many of which we would never have found on our own. The trip arrangements - hotels, food, transportation - were just right, and we were always conscious that Alan was only a phone call… Read more...
    Kolesar and Conroy Families, USA
  • Hi Mariana, The Croatian trip was dazzling. Of course the country has an abundance of magical elements: gorgeous coast, superb cuisine, fascinating history and architecture. But Secret Dalmatia managed to translate all these delectable aspects of Croatian culture and landscape into immediate, palpable, first-hand experiences for us. Ironically enough, some of our pleasures sprang directly… Read more...
    Hall Marny & Susan Kennedy, USA
  • Alan, my sister and I are heading back to Canada after our 3 week trip to Europe. I wanted to take the time to thank you and let you know how much I enjoyed the excursions I booked through you. In fact, Croatia was the highlight of my trip. I definitely want to come back… Read more...
    Cathy McAllen, Canada
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