For more than two decades, this group has been specializing in travel to "forbidden" destinations.

They aim to make their Iran trip a "most satisfying, memorable, and safe experience" where they "bring together the best travelers and guides for incredible experiences visiting Iran's fabulous sites and meeting the warm, wonderful Persian people." Group sizes are capped at 15 travelers.

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This Seattle-based company, who was helpful to Rick in planning his shoot, has led several annual Iran tours for years.

Distant Horizons, pioneers in travel to Iran since 1997, offer a scholar-led program through this country of soaring minarets.

Every country, including our own, limits access to foreign film crews.

We're here in Iran with the permission of the Iranian government.

Incredible Iran is part of Gardeshgaran Group, an award-winning travel agency and tourism academy based in Shiraz, Iran.

They have been operating tours directly since 1997.His job: keep us safe, manage the complicated permissions, and keep an eye on what we're shooting. But after surviving my first day: I realized they were experts at keeping things moving. To cross town quickly, motorcycle taxis are a blessing. I'd rather leave a little paint on passing buses than a piece of scalp. Negotiating traffic as you cross the street is a life skill here.Tehran, a youthful, noisy capital city, is the modern heart of this country. With a teeming population of about ten million, its apartment blocks stretch far into the surrounding mountains. Many major streets actually intersect without the help of traffic lights. Locals say it's like "going to Chechnya." Immersed in the commotion of a busy work day — apart from the chador-covered women and lack of Western fast food chains — Tehran seemed much like any city in the developing world.Far Horizons, in business since 1983, has been sending groups to Iran since 1999, and offers a 17-day tour.Geo Ex was the first American company to run trips to Iran after the 1979 revolution, and still sets the highest standards for group and custom-tailored travel to Iran.And we're working within the limits it sets as we explore this complex society.