--May 2006 Itinerary --

Kent State University
MBA International Business Experience


Following is the “final” itinerary for the May 2006 MBA International Business Experience.  Experience has shown that we may need to be flexible during the trip as circumstances can change.


Saturday, May 13 -- Be at Cleveland Hopkins Airport by 13.00 for 14.55 departure from Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Continental Airlines flight 439; arrive Newark at 16.38.  Leave Newark on Continental Airline at 18.15 on flight 80 to Geneva.  Have your ticket information and your passport in hand.


Sunday, May 14 -- 8.05 arrive Geneva.  Pick up bags, go through customs

8.30 Take Voyages Margot bus to John Knox Center

9.30 Check into rooms at JKC

11.30 Meet in the KSU lounge

12.30 Lunch at John Knox Center

13.30 Walking/bus tour of Grand Saconnex and Geneva; validate Rail passes on Monday

19.00 Dinner at John Knox Center


Monday, May 15

9.00 Meet in Lounge for briefing and walk to United Nations

10.00 U.N. -- 14, avenue de la Paix (Buses: nos. 8, 11, 14, F, V and Z ;bus stop is "Appia")

[12.00 Lunch on own; validate Rail passes]  

15.00 Edmond de Rothschild Bank, 18, Rue de Hesse (near Place Neuve and the Grand Theatre, the 5 bus to Bovy Lysberg then enter around the building) 16.30 to 17.00 questions, 17.00 wine tasting at Chateau Clarke.

[Dinner on own]


Tuesday, May 16 

9.00 meet in lounge for briefing and walk to ILO

10.00 International Labor Organization --

[Lunch on own]

14.00 World Trade Organization, Centre William Rappard, Rue de Lausanne 154,
Bus 18 to Jardin Botanique

 [Dinner on own]


Wednesday, May 17

8.15 meet in lounge for briefing and walk to International Red Cross

9.30 International Red Cross – walk to 19, Ave De La Paix - 1202 Geneva

[12.00 Lunch on own at cafeteria – museum tour ]  

14.00 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) -- 34, chemin des Colombettes Bus 8, 18, F, Z to Nations or UIT

[Dinner on own]


Thursday, May 18

7.30 meet in lounge for briefing – take the #8 Bus (8:22 or 8:29) at OMS stop for Gare Cornavin (train station) depart for Chillon Castle on 9.10 train (leave Platform 6; change in Lusanne to 10.00 train, Platform 3, arrive 10.36, Veytaux-Chillon station).


11.00 Chillon Castle Tour


12.26 Train to Vevey (from Veytaux-Chillon station, arrive Vevey 12.40)

[Lunch on own]


14.00  Nestle S.A. From the train station, walk toward Lausanne along Avenue General Guisan (about a 10 minute walk)

16.46 depart Vevey train station for Geneva, arrive 17.42 (later trains: 17.46--18.42; 18.46—19.42; 19.46—20.42)

 [Dinner on own]


Friday, May 19 -- Sightseeing/cultural activities (on own) Suggestions: Geneva, Bern, Lausanne, Fribourg, Lucerne, Annecy (Fr), Chamonix, Vallais, Zermatt, Italy or Spain (plan on reservations for Thursday night travel).


Saturday, May 20 -- Sightseeing/cultural activities (on own)


Sunday, May 21 --Travel to Strasbourg (on own).  Note: check to see if you need advance reservation for the train to Strasbourg.


After 14.00 Check in at Hotel Villa d'Est Strasbourg, 12, rue Jacques Kablé (near near Place de Haguenau); (optional, meet at 16.30 for walk to central city).


Monday, May 22

8.45 Meet in lobby for briefing; walk to central city

10.00 Historic Boat Tour and walking tour of Petite France

[Lunch on own; make train reservations for 7.54 train, D1002, to Paris on Tuesday]

15.00 Tour of Kronenbourg breweries, 68 rte d'Oberhausbergen (Tram)

[Optional, tram/bus travel to France/Germany border for walk to Germany]

[Dinner on own]


Tuesday, May 23

7.00 checked out and ready to depart for Gare Central

7.54 train, D1002, to Paris (fast train, reservations required); arrive Paris-Est 11.53

12.00 Tour of Paris; Paris Vision Tour bus will pick us up at Paris-Est train station. 

Bus will take us to Hotel Edouard VI after tour, approximately 15.3 0

16.30 Meet in lobby for walk to St. Germain des Pres and Latin Quarter.

18.30 Dinner at Restaurant --Chez Clement in Montparnasse


Wednesday, May 24

7.30 meet in lobby for briefing

9.00 IBM La Défense 5 - Tour Descartes, 92066 PARIS - LA DÉFENSE CEDEX

[Lunch on own]

14.30 at the embassy for security check prior to visit (embassy security office does not allow anyone to bring electronic equipment into the embassy - so please do not bring ipods, cameras, blackberry's, laptops, etc)

15.00  U.S. Embassy--2, avenue Gabriel  (Metro stop Concorde: 1, 8, or 12 line)

[Dinner on own]


Thursday, May 25 (Ascencion Day)

9.00 meet in lobby

9.30 Louvre

[Lunch on own]

Afternoon – Sacre Coeur


[Dinner on own]


Friday, May 26

9.00 Depart Hotel Edouard VI, for Versailles (via Gare Montparnasse)

[Lunch on own]

Afternoon Shopping/Opera tour (optional)

[Dinner on own]

Prepare for next day departure.


Saturday, May 27

7.30 Meet in Lobby ready to take subway to Aéroport de Paris Charles de Gaulle  (CDG) for Continental Airlines flight 057 departing 9.55 Have your ticket information and your passport in hand); arrive Newark at 11.55, Go through customs.  Leave Newark on Continental flight 225 at 16.00 to Cleveland, arrive 17.48




Hotel Information


1.         John Knox Center (Centre Internationale Reforme John Knox)

            27, ch. Des Crets de Pregny

            Grand Sacconex, GE Switzerland





2.         Hotel Villa d'Est Strasbourg

12, rue Jacques Kablé

Strasbourg 67000





3.         Hotel Edouard VI

            61, boulevard du Montparnasse

            75006 Paris





Area Codes: The country code for France is 33. The first two digits of French numbers are a prefix determined by zone: Paris and Ile-de-France, 01; the northwest, 02; the northeast, 03; the southeast, 04; and the southwest, 05. Numbers beginning with 08 can be either toll-free calls or calls that you are charged for (it depends on how the company has set up the number).


Calling France: When dialing France from abroad, begin with the international code (011), then the country code (33), then drop the initial 0 from the area code number. For instance, to call a telephone number in Paris from the United States, dial 011-33 plus the phone number minus the initial 0.  When dialing locally,  use the full 10 digits, beginning with 0 and the area code.  To call France from the United Kingdom, dial 00-33, then dial the number in France minus the initial 0.


Calling Switzerland:  The same  logic applies to Switzerland, where the country code is 41.  Switzerland is divided into a number of geographical areas with different area codes. A phone number consists of the area code and a local phone number. The area code has either two or three digits and starts with a zero such as 01 or 043 for Zurich. The local phone number has seven digits. When calling a number within the same area, the area code is not be dialed.


To call a number in Switzerland from abroad, dial the international access code applies (011 from the USA) then 41 (country code for Switzerland), then the area code without the leading zero plus the local phone number.