Originally published May 19, 2009 at 2:30 p.m., updated January 3, 2013 at 11:27 a.m.
Join Rick Steves as he explores the most surprising and fascinating land he's ever visited: Iran.
Rick's Iran Slideshow
Our trip through Iran has given us a glimpse of a paradoxical world where the murals are mean, yet the people are friendly. Here is a slideshow of some of the people, places and moments that have delighted me on this trip, strictly from a traveler's point of view.
Iran Travel Journal
Rick's behind-the-scenes look at filming the special
Rick's Iran Interviews
Four hours of radio interviews on travel in Iran
Rick's Travel Tips
Explore Europe confidently, efficiently and safely using these travel tips.
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:
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