What You'll Do
Get ready to check a big item off your bucket list because you and a friend are heading to the Galápagos Islands! You’ll have an action-packed week of adventure aboard the National Geographic Islander as you explore the islands and their rich biodiversity once studied by Charles Darwin. Maybe you’ll snorkel in the shimmering water among fish, sea turtles, penguins and playful sea lions. Maybe you’ll sunbathe next to a mess of iguanas (yes, that’s actually what a group of them is called). Maybe you’ll even snap some selfies with species you can’t find anywhere else in the world. The Galápagos Islands aren’t your typical island paradise… and this will be anything but a typical vacation. Flights, hotel, cruise cabin and meals are covered.
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Who You'll Help
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an independent humanitarian organization that delivers medical care to those affected by violence, disease, malnutrition, exclusion from health care and catastrophic events. Your generosity will allow MSF’s team of over 41,500 doctors, nurses, midwives, epidemiologists, water-and-sanitation experts and many others to reach their patients and continue their life-saving work. Today, that includes treating severely malnourished children in Niger, running emergency surgical programs for victims of landmines and bombings in war-torn Yemen and tackling an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
You (“Winner”) + 1 (“Guest”)
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Omaze, Inc. (“Sponsor”)
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) ("Charity")
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Omaze and Aspire Travel ("Prize Provider")
Details: One winner and a guest will tour the Galapagos Islands for 7 days from the 48-guest National Geographic Islander ship. Activities include snorkeling, walking the islands, viewing wildlife, and kayaking. Flights, accomodations, port fees, meals, taxes and excursions included. Expeditions are in April, May, August, September, October, and November.
"National Geographic" is a registered trademark of National Geographic Society Corporation. This sweepstakes is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated in any way with National Geographic Society Corporation.
Sweepstakes Start Date:
October 16, 2018
Deadline to Enter:
January 31, 2019 at 11:59pm PT
On or around February 14, 2019
Average Retail Value:
You must be at least 13 years old to win. Winners under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian as their Guest. Guest must be of legal age of majority in his/her jurisdiction of residence (and at least 18), unless Winner is the legal guardian of Guest and Guest is at least 5 years of age or older at the time of travel. In addition to Winner requirements (detailed below), Guest must complete and return a publicity and liability release prior to departure. If Winner is the legal guardian of Guest, Winner must execute and return all required documents on behalf of such child or legal ward.
If Winner and/or Guest reside outside the country where experience will take place, Winner and/or Guest must have current, valid passports, and be able to travel to the experience location(s). If they are unable to travel to the experience location(s), they will forfeit the prize. Winners must not be residents of Belgium, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Italy, North Korea, Singapore, Sudan, Syria or Thailand. In certain countries, local rules and laws may restrict or prohibit the award of certain prizes or impose additional restrictions on participation. Entry is subject to all local laws. See our Sweepstakes Official Rules for more details. Employees, officers, and directors of Sponsor, Charity, or Prize Provider, and members of their immediate families and households, are not eligible to win.
Individuals may not receive more than one major/grand prize and one minor prize within the same 18 month period.
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