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Rick Steves’ Iran

Airs Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 4 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Appropriately modest and with their teachers' blessing, the schoolgirls pose with Rick Steves. (Rick Steves' Iran)

Rick Steves makes new friends in Iran. Welcoming travelers is a traditional Muslim value, and being American makes you the most popular kid in the village.
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Above: Rick Steves makes new friends in Iran. Welcoming travelers is a traditional Muslim value, and being American makes you the most popular kid in the village.

Iran Almanac

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Rick's Iran Interviews

Four hours of radio interviews on travel in Iran

Rick's Travel Tips

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Join Rick Steves as he explores the most surprising and fascinating land he's ever visited: Iran. In this one-hour, ground-breaking travel special, you'll discover the splendid monuments of Iran's rich and glorious past, learn more about the 20th-century story of this perplexing nation, and experience Iranian life today in its historic capital and in a countryside village.

Most important, you'll meet the people of this nation whose government so exasperates our own. Read Rick's Iran travel journal online.

This program originally aired in 2009.

Rick's Travel Philosophy:

Travel is freedom...one of the last great sources of legal adventure. Travel is intensified living, with maximum thrills per minute. It's recess, and we need it. Experiencing the real Europe requires catching it by surprise, going casual...Through the Back Door.

Rick Steves is on Facebook, and you can follow @RickSteves on Twitter. Watch RICK STEVES' EUROPE videos on the official YouTube channel.

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Rick Steves' Iran

Above: Join Rick as he explores the most surprising and fascinating land he's ever visited: Iran. In a one-hour, ground-breaking travel special on public television, you'll discover the splendid monuments of Iran's rich and glorious past, learn more about the 20th-century story of this perplexing nation, and experience Iranian life today in its historic capital and in a countryside village.

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Rick Steves' Lectures: Iran

Above: In this hour-long lecture, Rick describes his experience of Iran and its people during the filming of "Rick Steves' Iran." For more information on RICK STEVES' EUROPE Through the Back Door, visit http://www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Iran: Historic Capitals

Above: Iran's rich history goes back millennia, to the days when Persepolis was home to the "king of kings." In this episode, we explore three historic capitals of Iran: Persepolis, with its splendid monuments; Shiraz, with the tombs of Iran's most beloved poets; and Isfahan, with its extraordinary mosques and endearing people.

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Iran: Tehran And Side Trips

Above: As he's done with previous programs on Israel, Egypt, and Eastern Turkey, Rick takes us beyond Europe to a place that's rich with history...and mystery. In this first of two half-hour shows on Iran, Rick dodges traffic in Tehran, enjoys the tranquility of a nearby village, and encounters both anti-American propaganda and a warm welcome from everyday Iranians.

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Rick Steves' Iran Lecture: Landing In Tehran

Above: In the first part of Rick's Iran lecture, we learn what inspired Rick to make "Rick Steves' Iran" and about his experience landing in Tehran. For more information on Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door, visit www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Iran Lecture: Iranian Hospitality

Above: In the final segment, we join Rick as he celebrates his birthday in an Iranian family's home. For more information on Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door, visit www.ricksteves.com.

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Rick Steves' Iran Lecture: The Revolution

Above: Rick Steves explores the Islamic Revolution and its place in today's Iran. For more information on "Rick Steves' Europe Through the Back Door," visit www.ricksteves.com.