We're in Iran — here to learn, to understand, and to make some friends. Like most Americans, I know almost nothing about Iran. We'll show the splendid monuments of Iran's rich and glorious past, discuss the 20th century story of this perplexing nation, and experience Iranian life today in its giant metropolis, historic capital, and a countryside village.
["Salaam."] Most important, we'll meet and talk with the people whose government so exasperates America.
Most important, you'll meet the people of this nation whose government so exasperates our own. Our Iran TV program has inspired many people to ask how they too can travel in Iran.
In spite of many requests, I am not interested in organizing tours to Iran myself.
Best wishes, Rick Lale and Tan Aran of SRM in Istanbul have been our partners in travels to Turkey for more than 20 years.Far Horizons, in business since 1983, has been sending groups to Iran since 1999, and offers a 17-day tour.Incredible Iran is part of Gardeshgaran Group, an award-winning travel agency and tourism academy based in Shiraz, Iran.While tourism in Turkey is at a low, Lale and Tan are leading Americans through Iran.Their tour is done in the spirit of our public television TV special "Rick Steves' Iran." The American Rick Steves guides who have joined Lale and Tan on this tour give it rave reviews.["…situation is open."] We'll go to Friday prayers in a leading mosque, consider the challenges confronting Iran's youth, enjoy the hospitality of a family dinner and survive the crazy Tehran traffic before experiencing the tranquility of rural life and meeting joyful school kids on a field trip.Iran, twice the size of France, sits in an increasingly important corner of Asia — surrounded by Turkey, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.They have been operating tours directly since 1997.Incredible Iran bill themselves as a "one-stop shop for everything you may need in order to visit Iran." Norma Lee Nichols-Mahdavi, an American sociologist who has lived in Iran, speaks Farsi, and has considerable experience traveling to Iran, offers safe, enlightening, and affordable experiences to travelers who wish to visit Iran.Tehran's thriving subway moves over a million people a day.This subway system is really as good as anything I've seen in Europe.