They have been operating tours directly since 1997.
The US Department of State also has a travel warning page that lays out the US government's official position on travel to Iran.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.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.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.We're here in Iran with the permission of the Iranian government.And we're working within the limits it sets as we explore this complex society.Knowing we're here to explore social and cultural dimensions rather than contentious political issues, the Iranian government is allowing our work.It believes the Western media has given Iran an unfair image.