Europiad & Impressions

Discover Silicy! It is impossible to sort out the memories. So many impressions. So great contrasts. No, Sicily can not tell each other ... !

The cries of the fishmongers at the fish market. Etna in pastel colours. Blood orange orchards. The aroma of swordfish and olives that the host serves with so much flair.
The villa in Palermo has such a memorable façade that seems as though you had have stayed there rather than driven past.

No, Sicily is impossible to explain. The best thing is simply to experience the sounds and images yourself. Colourful. Wild. Let the experiences wash over you.
Enjoy the archaeological park with its breathtaking ruins from the time of the Greek colonisation …!

It is impossible to simply sum up all of the memories. So many impressions.
Such incredible contrasts........ discover Sicily!


Day 1 - Arrival PalermoMay 20th

Individual travel to Palermo. Latest arrival time will be announced! Transport by bus to the city centre after arrival in Palermo. Discover the famous sights of the island’s capital such as Corso Vittorio Emanuele, Quattro Canti square with its baroque buildings, Pretoria Fountain, the impressive cathedral along with the Norman church of La Martorana as well as Palazzo Reale on a tour through the city. The journey then continues to the accommodation located in Santa Flavia or the vicinity. Evening meal at the hotel. Overnight stay in Santa Flavia or the vicinity.

Day 2 - Santa Flavia / Taormina / AcirealeMay 21st

Travel to Taormina in the morning. In Taormina you will visit the Greek theatre. A stroll along “Corso Umberto”, the main street of the lively city of Taormina is also a must. Street is lined with numerous historic buildings, offers diverse shopping opportunities and small cafés. A walk through the city Park with a view of the unique Mount Etna is another scenic opportunity. Evening meal at the hotel. Overnight stay in Acireale.

Day 3 - Etna / Piazza Armerina / AgrigentoMay 22nd

Travel to Mount Etna to an altitude of 1,900 metres and ascend to the top cable car station. Off-road buses drive from Montagnola to Torre del Filosofo at an altitude of appr-oximately 2,900 meters. The remaining 500 meters to the peak is a hike accompanied by an Alpine mountain guide (mountain guide mandatory!). (Ascent payable on location).
Mount Etna is approximately 3,300 meters high and one of Europe’s highest and most active volcanoes. The journey then continues to Piazza Armerina (UNESCO World Heritage site) and Villa Casale. Here you can admire the 3,500 square metre floor mosaic showing mythological images, hunt and circus scenes along with the famous “bikini girls”. Then the journey will continue to the day’s final destination in Agrigento. Evening meal at the hotel. Overnight stay in Agrigento.

Day 4 - Agrigento / Selinunte / Opening ceremony EuropiadMay 23rd

A visit to the archaeological park of Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) in Agrigento is one of the trip’s highlights. It has an area of 1300 hectares and is the largest archaeol-gical site in the world. In 1997 UNESCO declared the archaeological park in Agrigento a World Heritage site. The western area includes the temple of Olympian Zeus and the Temple of the Dioscuri as well as the sanctuary of chthonic deities. The eastern area i-cludes the Temples of Hercules, Concordia and Juno. The journey continues to Selinunte, the venue of the Europiade. Check in at the hotel. 3 night’s accommodation in Selinunte with half-board. Individual travel to Mazara del Vallo with the shuttle buses. The opening celebration of the IVV- Europiad takes place here. Evening meal at the hotel.

Day 5 - IVV- EuropiadMay 24th

Participation in the 4th IVV- Europiad.

Day 6 - IVV- EuropiadMay 25th

Participation in the 4th IVV- Europiad.

Day 7 - Selinunte / PalermoMay 26th

In the morning guests have the opportunity to participate in the hikes as part of the 4th IVV- Europiad.

Departure from the hotel to Monreale at approximately midday. The imposing cathedral of Santa Maria Nuova of Monreale is located on the 300 meter high Monte Reale, the “Royal Mountain”, near Palermo. The cathedral is the heart of the small village of Monreale and also the largest church in Sicily. Construction of the cathedral took place between 1172 and 1176. The cathedral is one of the greatest examples of Norman architecture once prevalent in Sicily and features both Eastern Rite and Roman Catholic styles. This marvel reflects the symbiosis of Arabian, Byzantine and Norman elements. Evening meal at the hotel. Overnight stay in Palermo.

Day 8 - DepartureMay 27th

Transfer to the airport in Palermo in the morning and individual return journey.

*** End of trip***


Services included in the trip price:

  • Bus travel as described in the program)
  • Accommodation at 3 ½ & 4 star hotels 
  • 7 x half board 
  • Local guides for the tours in Palermo; Taormina, Agrigento; Monreale
  • PTA TOURS several organisation from/until Palermo  
  • IVV hikes with stamp

Services not included:

  • Flight to Sicily
  • IVV Europiad registration fee and stamp
  • Beverages and lunch
  • Individual expenses on location
  • City Tax  2,- € p.pers./per night - payable on location (prices valid 03/2017)
  • Entry fees for museums, churches and archaeological sites (45,- € // prices valid 03/2017) 
  • There is no travel cancellation insurance included.
  • Tipps

Additional charges:

Single supplement: € xxx,-

EUROPIAD pass: (optional)

The Europiad Pass includes the following services:
Tickets for all disciplines, (hiking, swimming, biking, archery) except Marathon (8, - Euro extra); shuttle bus tickets from the hotel to Paradise Beach, bus transfer to the opening ceremony and closing event; entry to the museums in Castelvetrano / Selinunte, Mazara del Vallo and the archaeological Park in Selinunte during the sporting events and for the closing ceremony; sports bag; Information material. (Services/prices valid 03/2017)

Europiade Pass         50, - €

Mount ETNA and ASCENT:

Above 1900 m the journey continues by cable car (Etna South). The 15 minute journey takesyou to an altitude of 2,405 m. The off-road bus in the Alpine guide await you here for the further ascent to 2,900 m. The tour continues with a guided hike along the edge of the crater. (Services/prices valid as of 03/2017)
Price per person        60,-- €

 Alternatively, you can only ascend to 2,405 m by cable car.     (Services/prices valid as of 03/2017)                            

Price per person       30,-- €


Terms of Travel:

Travel price € xxx,- per person in DR / HB

Deposit: 20% of the travel price when booking, plus insurance fees. Flight tickets are fully payable upon booking.

We ask you to pay the balance 28 days prior to arrival.

Subject to availability on the date of booking, currency fluctuations, hotel, flight and program changes.

Subject to errors and misprints.

Entry requirements:

The German Foreign Office, (only citizens of the FRG), provides information on entry and vaccination regulations. We would be happy to provide you with information about our visa / immigration services.


March 2017

Minimum number of participants:

25 persons

Important Information:

P.T.A. TOURS does not assume any responsibility for the organisation of the Europiade 2018, its events and the shuttle services for the 4th IVV - Europiade 2018. In the event of cancellation or changes to the planned agenda/schedule of the 4th IVV - Europiad the trip costs are neither partially nor completely refundable. The trip price does not include travel cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance. All trip prizes are subject to increases in air travel taxes and fuel prices! The minimum number of participants for all trips is 35 people. You require valid identification. The general terms and conditions/travel conditions of P.T.A. TOURS GmbH apply. Upon request we are happy to send these to you and they can also be downloaded from The terms and conditions of the transport and airline companies involved also apply. Services/prices valid as of March 2017. The place of jurisdiction is Viersen/Germany.
The trip packages offered do not contain travel cancellation insurance.

Payment / cancellation conditions:

Free cancellation until 31st May 2017.

Cancellation after 1st June 2017 incurs a fee of 30% of the trip price.
If additional airline tickets are booked, the full price of the airline ticket is payable immediately. The final payment is due at the latest 45 days before departure to enable timely postage of the travel documents.

Cancellation charges:
After confirmation of the travel up to 90 days prior to arrival, fees of 30% of the travel price Charges to the amount of 30% of the trip price plus the ticket costs are incurred after confirmation of the trip until 90 days before departure
until 31 days before departure: 40% of the trip price
until 21 days before departure: 60% of the trip price
until 14 days before departure: 80% of the trip price
between 14 and 1 day before departure: 90% of the trip price
on the day of departure: 100% of the trip price

For booked flights, 100% cancellation costs apply as from the date of issue.

Fees per person.