--May 2007 Itinerary --

Kent State University
MBA International Business Experience

May 12, 2007 to May 26, 2007


Following is the itinerary for the May 2007 MBA International Business Experience.  Past travel has shown that we may need to be flexible during the trip as circumstances can change.


Saturday, May 12 -- Be at Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE) by 11.00 for 12.25 departure from Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Continental Airlines flight 224; arrive Newark (EWR) at 14.00.  Leave Newark on Continental Airline at 17.55 on flight 80 to Geneva (GVA).  Have your ticket information and your passport in hand.


Sunday, May 13 – 7.45 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

12.00 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 14

9.00 Meet in Lounge for briefing and walk to ILO

10.00 International Labor Organization

[Lunch on own—Validate Eurorail pass at train station; make train reservations for Tuesday 22 May, 7.54a.m. train, D1002, from Strasbourg to Paris]

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

[Dinner on own]


Tuesday, May 15

8.30 meet in lounge for briefing and walk to ICRC

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

[Lunch at train station on the run?]

12.36  Leave from Gare at 12.36, Platform 4, Train#1727, arrive 13.33

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]


Wednesday, May 16

8.45 meet in lounge for briefing and bus to WIPO

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

[12.00 Lunch on own]  

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

[Dinner on own]


Thursday, May 17 (Ascencion Day)

7.45 meet in lobby for bus –

Morning—9.30—10.30 Chillon Castle Tour

Lunch – in the alps 12:15 to 1:30

Afternoon—1.30-3.30 Alpine Tour—bus to glacier area and 3 Km walk (2 miles) bring a jacket [75 or 80 degrees at lunch; 50 degrees at the glacier].

19.00 back to Geneva.

[Dinner on own]


Friday, May 18 -- 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 19 -- Sightseeing/cultural activities (on own)


Sunday, May 20 --Travel to Strasbourg (on own).  Note: check to see if you need advance reservation for the train to Strasbourg.


After 14.00 Citadines Strasbourg Kleber, 50-54, rue du Jeu des Enfants, (optional, meet at 16.30 for walk to central city).


Monday, May 21

9.00 Meet in lobby for briefing; walk to central city

10.00 Historic Boat Tour and walking tour of Petite France

[Lunch on own;]

14.00 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 22

7.00 checked out and ready to depart for Gare Central

7.55 TVG 2488 to Paris (fast train, reservations required); arrive Paris-Est 11.51

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.

19.00 Dinner at Restaurant --Chez Clement in Montparnasse


Wednesday, May 23

9.00 meet in lobby

9.30 Louvre

[Lunch on own]

12.30 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 – or we need to “bag them” before we enter).

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

 [Dinner on own]


Thursday, May 24

9.00 meet in lobby for briefing

Morning – Sacre Coeur

[Lunch on own]

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

[Dinner on own]


Friday, May 25

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

[Lunch on own]

14.00 Shopping/Opera tour (optional)

[Dinner on own]

Prepare for next day departure.


Saturday, May 26

7.30 Meet in Lobby ready to take cab 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 12.05, Go through customs.  Leave Newark on Continental flight 225 at 15.05 (3:05 p.m.) to Cleveland, arrive 16.54 (4:54 p.m.).




Hotel Information


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

            27, ch. Des Crets de Pregny

            Grand Sacconex, GE Switzerland





2.         Citadines Strasbourg Kleber

50-54, rue du Jeu des Enfants,

Strasbourg 67000

Phone: 011.33. 3.

Fax:      011.33. 3.



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.