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Festival of Europe Contest Rules

Official Entry Form — The contest entry form is now closed.

Whose promotion is this?

Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. (RSE) — located at 130 Fourth Avenue North, Edmonds, WA USA — is running this drawing. By entering, you acknowledge and agree that these terms and conditions (including prizes and procedures) apply to your entry and that RSE's decisions will be final and binding. If these terms and conditions undergo any revisions during the course of the drawing's promotion, changes will be published within these terms and conditions on RSE's website at www.ricksteves.com.

What could I win?

There are four (4) drawing prizes, each individual prize includes: One (1) seat of your choice on a Rick Steves city tour of London, Paris, Rome or Istanbul. All prizes include full-time services of a professional Rick Steves' guide, all tours and admissions covering group sightseeing events identified in the specific itinerary, all group transportation during the week of the tour, six nights' accommodations in a centrally-located hotel, all breakfasts and half your dinners, and other free stuff including a guidebook, moneybelt and earplugs. While on the tour, winner will be responsible for the costs of drinks, any additional meals, additional free-time sightseeing, and incidentals not included in the tour.

The tour must be booked within twelve (12) months of being notified that you've won, and tour booking and attendance are subject to the acceptance of the Rick Steves' Europe Tour Conditions and all other required policies. The tour you select must depart before December 31, 2024, and dates of travel are subject to availability. The prize is valued at a maximum of $2,695.00 or minimum of $1,995.00 and this value is accurate at the start of this promotion but is subject to change dependent upon the date of booking. By entering the drawing and/or accepting the prize, you will give us permission to use your name, likeness, and/or prize information, without limitations, for promotional and advertising purposes without further permission or compensation. In case of a dispute Washington law applies.

You will be responsible for all taxes, insurance and any other expenses, round-trip transportation to and from the selected city, ground transportation to and from the airports and hotel, all applicable passport, visa, and entry/exit fees, cost of single supplement fee if requesting a guaranteed single room, and any other fees and costs connected with the prize that are not included in the prize description.

Can I enter?

This drawing for a Rick Steves tour is open to legal residents of the United States of America (excluding residents of Florida, New York, Rhode Island and Puerto Rico) who are at least 21 years old upon the date of entry. The laws in some places don't allow RSE to run this promotion, in which case the promotion and these conditions of entry are void in those places. If you have an APO or FPO mailing address, you must identify your US ZIP code of permanent residence. Also, you can't enter this promotion if you (or your immediate families or housemates) are employed by RSE. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS DRAWING.

How do I enter?

There are two (2) methods of entry:

Method #1: Go to https://www.ricksteves.com/tours/festival-of-europe and register to attend one or more Festival of Europe events. The events are free, and you don't have to buy anything to enter. Except for the session on January 30, 2023, all event registrants will receive an email after their scheduled event with details on how to enter. You may enter the prize drawings once per week, per household, for each week in which you are signed up for an event for a maximum of one (1) entry per prize drawing based on the schedule for drawing winners listed below. All fields in the drawing entry form must be completed and all information must be verifiable with official documentation. RSE has full discretion to determine the validity and qualification of submitted verification documentation. All entry registrations must be submitted from a valid email account, owned by the person submitting the entry, which may be identified by reverse domain name search.

Method #2: Complete the webform located here with all requested information. You may enter the drawing once per week, per household, for each week in which a winner will be selected with a maximum of one (1) entry per week based on the schedule for drawing winners listed below. All fields in the entry form must be completed and all information must be verifiable with official documentation. RSE has full discretion to determine the validity and qualification of submitted verification documentation. All entry registrations must be submitted from a valid email account, owned by the person submitting the entry, which may be identified by reverse domain name search.

Regardless of the method of entry, if your entry gets lost in cyberspace or doesn't arrive for any other reason, that's not our fault. If there are compelling technical or administrative reasons which we cannot control, RSE can cancel or modify the promotion. If a modification means that some entries become ineligible, RSE may conduct the drawing from all eligible entries received. There is a limit of three (3) entries per person during the Festival of Europe and a limit of one (1) entry per household, per drawing.

All entries must be received by January 29, 2023 to be eligible to win.

How are the winners selected?

The winners will be determined by an electronically managed random drawing of all eligible entries received during the event. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Estimated odds of winning are 1:35,000. The winners will be selected at RSE, 130 Fourth Avenue North, Edmonds, WA 98020 as follows:

  • Monday, January 16, 2023 – 1 drawing for 1 seat on a city tour to London, Paris, Rome or Istanbul, consisting of entries collected between 1/9-1/15
  • Monday, January 23, 2023 – 1 drawing for 1 seat on a city tour to London, Paris, Rome or Istanbul, consisting of entries collected between 1/16-1/22
  • Monday, January 30, 2023 – 2 separate drawings for 2 separate prizes of 1 seat each on a city tour to London, Paris, Rome or Istanbul, consisting of entries collected between 1/23-1/29.

RSE's decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into, even if you have some objection. No more than one prize will be awarded per email or household address. Non-winning eligible entries will not carry over from each drawing to the next.

How will I find out whether I've won?

The weekly winner will be notified by email or phone and the winner's name will be published on the RSE website within three days after he or she replies to us in a manner that confirms the legitimacy of the entry.

RSE will do its best to find each winner. But if we can't, or if the winner hasn't accepted the prize within one week of notification, a drawing will be conducted again of all non-winning eligible entries, and a new winner selected.

What happens if I'm very, very lucky and win?

The prize is yours and only yours. You must use it or lose it. You cannot exchange the prize for cash, sell or give it to another party, or have us award it to someone else. If for some reason RSE cannot award your prize as described, another prize of comparable value will be substituted (but we will decide, at our sole discretion, what that will be).

In order to take the tour, you will be responsible for getting a valid passport and any other necessary personal travel documentation, including visas if required. You will also be responsible for researching and properly meeting any travel and entry requirements in place at the time of the tour's departure.

Before we can formally award you your prize, you will be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility along with a "release," which says that if anything goes wrong with your prize once it's been awarded, you agree that RSE won't be responsible. You will also be required to agree to and comply with the same tour conditions and rules of conduct as paying tour members.

Within one week of notification that you are a winner, as a condition of collecting your winnings, the IRS requires that you provide a validly completed IRS Form W-9 to RSE. Only the winner must provide this information as a condition of collecting their prize. The IRS requires that any person who wins prizes worth $600 or more from RSE receive an IRS Form 1099-MISC and that RSE file a copy of the Form with the IRS. All federal, state and local taxes, and any other costs not specifically provided for in these terms and conditions are solely your responsibility.

Because the tour would be given to you as a prize, you will not receive any financial compensation from RSE in the event you cannot, for any reason, take or complete the tour. (Independent travel insurance to cover the cost of flights, medical issues, etc. would be your responsibility to arrange at your own expense.)

What happens to my entry?

RSE will use the information contained in your entry only to conduct the drawing(s) and award the prizes. If you fail to win the drawing, we will not share any of your personal information with others. If you win a prize, RSE reserves the right to use your information as described in the section titled "What could I win?" above. You can view RSE's privacy policy at https://www.ricksteves.com/about-us/privacy-policy.

Good luck and happy travels!