--May 2008 Itinerary --

Kent State University
MBA International Business Experience


Following is the itinerary for the May 2008 MBA International Business Experience.  Past travel has shown that we may need to be flexible during the trip as circumstances can change.


Saturday, May 10 -- Be at Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE) by 11.00 for 12.20 departure from Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Continental Airlines flight 224; arrive Newark (EWR) at 13.57.  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 11 – 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 12  (Whit Monday; national holiday)

8.00 —meet in lobby to go to train station

9.36—Train to Vevey (IR 1721, platform 4) arriving 10.33; walking tour of Vevey; lunch in Vevey on own

13.23—train to Veytaux-Chillon (platform 3) arriving 13.36

14.00—16.00 Chillon Castle Tour

16.26—train to Lausanne (leaving platform 2) arriving Lusanne 17.04; then to Geneva (IC 2528 leaving platform 4 at 17.17) arriving 17.50

 [Dinner on own]


Tuesday, May 13

9.00—meet in lobby for briefing

10.00—UN (10.30 tour)

12.15  KPMG (sandwich lunch provided)

Bus 8 to Louis-Aubert; Chemin De-Normandie 14, P.O. Box 449, 1211 Geneva 12, +41 22 704 15 15

 [Dinner on own]


Wednesday, May 14

8.45 briefing and bus to Baker Tilly

10.00 Baker-Tilly-- rue du 31-Décembre #47 (any bus to Gare Cornavin; 9 bus off at 31-Decembre and 80 meters towards the jet d’eau.

[12.00 Lunch on own]   


[Dinner on own]


Thursday, May 15

8.00 Meet in Lounge for briefing and walk to ILO

9.00-12.00 ILO briefings

Lunch at ILO cafeteria 12:00 to 12:45

13.00 – 14.30 ICRC

14.30—15.30 ICRC museum

[Dinner on own]


Friday, May 16 – Independent travel; 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 17 -- Sightseeing/cultural activities (on own)


Sunday, May 18 --Travel to Colmar (on own).  Note: check to see if you need advance reservation for the train to Strasbourg. (optional, meet at 16.30 for walk to Little Venice).


Monday, May 19

8.00 Meet in lobby for briefing

8.30—Timken (minibus pickup)

 [Lunch at Timken]

13.45—Travel to train station; 14.04 train to Strasbourg (#4312; arriving 14.36)

16.30 EU Parliament

[Optional, tram/bus travel to Germany border for dinner in Kehl, Germany]

[Dinner on own; return to Colmar, trains leaving at 19.26, 19.53, 20.53, 21.47, 22.06]


Tuesday, May 20

7.30 checked out and ready to depart for train station

8.01—train to Strasbourg (RE 96212; arriving 8.38)

9.15 TVG 9212 to Paris (fast train, reservations required); arrive Paris-Est 11.34

Travel by metro to Hotel Edouard VI [lunch on own]

13.45 meet to metro to Paris Vision Tour of Paris at 15.00

20.00 Dinner at Restaurant --Chez Clement in Montparnasse


Wednesday, May 21

8.30 meet in lobby

9.30 IBM France in La Defense

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

 [Lunch on own]

13.45 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).

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

 [Dinner on own]



Thursday, May 22

9.30 Depart Hotel Edouard VI, for Louvre

 [Lunch on own]

14.00— Les Bateaux –boat ride on the Seine with historic information

[Dinner on own]


Friday, May 23

9.00 meet in lobby for briefing

10.00—11.45 St. Gobain in La Defense

 [Lunch at St. Gobain]

14.00 Sacre Coure

[Dinner on own]

Prepare for next day departure.


Saturday, May 24

7.30 Meet in Lobby ready to take van to Aéroport de Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) for Continental Airlines flight departing 11.20.  Have your ticket information and your passport in hand to Cleveland, arrive 14.30.



Hotel Information


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

            27, ch. Des Crets de Pregny

            Grand Sacconex, GE Switzerland





2.         Mercure Colmar Champ de Mars

2 avenue de la Marne

COLMAR 68000





3.         Hotel Edouard VI

            61, boulevard du Montparnasse

            75006 Paris




The phone numbers shown above are to call those places from the United States.  From the US to call Switzerland you dial 011 (international) and 41 (country code).  To call France you dial 011 and 33 (country code).


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.