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CONTEST NAME: Rick Steves Travel Sweepstakes
Contest Official Rules and Prize Details

Contest entrants must be at least 18 years old as of June 1, 2013 and a resident of one of the six New England states of the United States.  This contest is sponsored by the WGBH Educational Foundation, One Guest Street. Boston, MA 02135.  Employees, board members and advisory committee members of WGBH and its licensed stations, and their respective immediate family and household members are not eligible.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.  Void wherever prohibited or restricted by law.

Entry Period
The contest period for the Rick Steves Travel Sweepstakes begins at 12:01AM Eastern Time June 1, 2013 and ends at 11:59PM Eastern Time on June 30, 2013 (the "Entry Period").

How to Enter
No purchase or contribution is necessary.  Of course, we appreciate contributions, but sending a contribution will not affect your chances of winning.

Pledges can be made at,,,, or by calling 1-888-897-9424, 1-800-492-1111, 1-888-995-9272, or 800-781-9429 during the Entry Period.

All eligible persons who pledge online or by phone during the Entry Period are automatically entered to win, provided that the entrant has included his or her complete address, phone number, and e-mail address.  You also can enter the contest during the Entry Period without making a pledge by going to,,, or and submitting the completed online entry form, or by calling 1-888-897-9424, 888-995-9272, 1-800-492-1111, or 1-800-781-9429 and supplying the required information.  Entries received outside of the Entry Period and incomplete entries are void.

Two Prizes will be awarded. The Prizes consist of seven-day, six-night Rick Steves Tours for two in the winner’s choice (subject to availability) of London, Paris, Istanbul, or Rome, and round-trip economy class air travel for two from Boston.

Rick Steves Tour includes:
• Full-time services of a professional Rick Steves guide and local experts who will help make the fascinating history, art and culture of the city come alive
    • All tours and admissions — at no extra cost — covering at least 19 sightseeing events
    • All group transportation during the week
    • Six nights accommodations
    • All breakfasts and half your dinners
    • All tips for guides and driver

Rick Steves Tours offers more than 100 departures throughout the year.  Winners must make trip arrangements via Rick Steves Tours.  Tour package must be booked by December 31, 2013 and completed by June 30, 2014.   WGBH will make airline arrangements for winners when departure dates are chosen.  Winners must notify WGBH at least 60 days prior to departure for airline arrangements to be made*.  (* WGBH may instead provide a travel voucher to the winners to make her/his own air travel arrangements.)

12.    Prizes do NOT include all other expenses not expressly mentioned as included in the prize description, including but not limited to:

a.    additional costs such as cost of drinks and free-time sightseeing, gratuities not specified above, spending money, additional beverages or meals, room service or entertainment, telephone or internet charges, or expenses for items of a personal nature, travel insurance, passport or other travel documents.
b.    any security or fuel surcharges imposed by the airline. Also does not include government-mandated taxes and fees, including international departure tax, customs users fees, $2.50 Sep. 11th Security Fee, passenger facility charges, and foreign airport taxes.

c.    Transportation between winner’s residence and  Boston/Logan Airport.
d.    Winners are responsible for all applicable local, state, federal and foreign taxes and fees, including income taxes, associated with prize receipt and/or use.

13.    Market Value of the Prize is approximately US$4,400 + air fare TBD.  The value of each prize is determined by prize donor's suggested retail price or by what the prize is currently known to be selling for at the time the offer was published and is subject to change. 

14.    The prizes are subject to availability. Additional restrictions, conditions and limitations may apply. No portion of the prize is transferable or refundable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor or Administrator’s sole discretion. The Sponsor and the Administrator reserve the right to substitute any listed prize for one of equal or greater value for any reason. Any unused portion of the prize value is forfeited. Neither the Sponsor nor the Administrator is responsible for the weather conditions, civil disorder, strikes or other labor unrest, government decree,  or any other condition beyond the control of WGBH or Rick Steves Tours, and no refund or credit will be issued and no alternate date will be made available should the selected dates limit any element of the prize usage.

Selection of Winners
Winners will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received during the Entry Period.  There will be one winner selected for each of the two prizes offered.  Prize drawing will be conducted by WGBH.  Drawing will be conducted on or about July 15, 2013.

The Winners will be required to sign and execute an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release and where legal, a Publicity Release, within 14 days of notification attempt.  Failure to return the affidavit in the time noted will result in disqualification of the winners and an alternate winners will be selected. The travel companion will also be required to sign and return an affidavit and liability/publicity release before he or she is allowed to travel with the prize winners. The prize winners and his/her travel companions are responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documentation including passports and visas, as applicable and for compliance with any customs and immigration requirements. It is recommended that the prize winners and his/her travel companions obtain sufficient personal health insurance prior to departure.

Odds of Winning
Odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received.  Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use the winner's name, hometown and likeness for publicity purposes without additional compensation.  Contest prize will be awarded, and the winners will be notified, by phone and/or email on or about July 16, 2013 or in a timely fashion.

Limit of Entry
Limit one entry per person for the entire Entry Period.  An email address may only be used once and not for multiple entrants or entries for this contest.  By entering, entrant acknowledges compliance with these official rules including all eligibility requirements.  WGBH is not responsible for failures in technology such as but not limited to:  technical malfunctions, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software, inability to access any Web site or online service, or any other error or malfunction, or late, lost, incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information, or for any human error, or misdirected entries.  Entry materials that have been tampered with or altered are void.  No copies, facsimiles or reproductions of the WGBH Contest Entry Form will be accepted.  Proof of e-mailing and/or mailing does not constitute proof of delivery or receipt.

Other Important Points
By entering, entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these Contest Rules.  By entering the Contest, entrants release WGBH and its employees, officers, trustees and agents from any liability, including personal injury or property damage, with respect or related to the receipt or use of any prize awarded.  WGBH makes no, and disclaims, all warranties, guarantees or representations, express or implied, concerning the condition, quality, merchantability, of any prize.

For the names of the prize winners(s), send a stamped, self-addressed envelope before August 31, 2013 to Rick Steves Tours contest, c/o Brian Donovan, One Guest St. Boston, MA 02135.  DO NOT SEND ANY OTHER CORRESPONDENCE TO THIS ADDRESS.