--May 2010 Itinerary --

Kent State University
Masters International Business Experience


Following is the “final” itinerary for the May 2010 MBA International Business Experience.  Experience has shown that we may need to be flexible during the trip as circumstances can change.


Saturday, May 15 – I will be at Cleveland Hopkins Airport by 11.00 for a 12.25 departure from Cleveland Hopkins Airport, Continental Airlines flight 224; arrive Newark at 1.57.  Leave Newark on Continental Airline at 5.55 pm on flight 80 to Geneva.  For your flight remember to have your ticket information and your passport in hand.


Sunday, May 16 –7:45 am arrive Geneva.  Pick up bags, go through customs

9.00 Check into rooms at JKC

11.30 Meet in the KSU lounge (some students will be arriving at the airport around then).

12.30 Lunch at John Knox Center (bring Eurail tickets and passport)

13.30 Walking/bus tour of Grand Saconnex and Geneva; validate Rail passes at Train Station

19.00 Dinner at John Knox Center


Monday, May 17

7:45 am Meet in Lounge, bus to Gare Cornavin 

8.45 am Train IC 719 from Geneva to Zurich, arriving 11.28 am, meet John Ivsan.

[12.00 Lunch on own]  

13.00 RBS Coutts Bank briefing, followed by walking tour of Zurich

Return train to Geneva [possible times 17.04; 17.32; 18.04; 18.32; 19.04; 19.32; 20.00; 20.04; 20.32]

[Dinner on own]


Tuesday, May 18 

9.00 meet in lounge for briefing and bus to WIPO

10.00 World Intellectual Properties Organization 34, chemin des Colombettes;

Bus 8, 18, F, Z to Nations or UIT

[Lunch on own]  Make reservations for 25 May 9.15 train, TGV 2102, from Strasbourg to Paris

14.00 ILO 4 route des Morillons Meeting at the reception of the ILO (R2 North) with Mr. Becci, The Mandate of the ILO and its activities

15:00       James Martin, Knowledge Management Officer,  The Better Work Programme

 [Dinner on own]


Wednesday, May 19

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

10.00-12.30 International Red Cross – walk to 19, Ave De La Paix - 1202 Geneva

[12.30 Lunch on own at cafeteria – museum tour ]  

14.00 U.N. -- 14, avenue de la Paix (Buses: nos. 8, 11, 14, F, V and Z ;bus stop is "Appia")  Meet at the gate BY 13:30.

 [Dinner on own]


Thursday, May 20

Morning – Open Time


[Lunch on own]


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

 [Dinner on own]


Friday, May 21 – Independent travel activities (on own) Suggestions: Geneva, Bern, Lausanne, Fribourg, Lucerne, Annecy (Fr), Chamonix, Vallais, Zermatt, Italy or Spain (plan on train reservations for Thursday night travel).


Saturday, May 22 -- Independent travel activities (on own)


Sunday, May 23 (Pentecost Sunday) --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 24  (Whit Monday)

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]


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

[Dinner on own]


Tuesday, May 25

8.00 checked out and ready to depart for Gare Central

9.15 train, TGV 2102, 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 26

9.00 – Wunderman, with Philippe Bonnet 57 Avenue André Morizet, 92100 Boulogne Billancourt, +33 1 46 84 31 37

[Lunch on own]

13.30 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)

14.00 U.S. Embassy--2, avenue Gabriel  (Metro stop Concorde: 1, 8, or 12 line), Camille Blanchard will greet us at the Embassy, Allison Areias, Economic Officer, is the speaker.


[Dinner on own]


Thursday, May 27

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

[Lunch on own]

Afternoon – Sacre Coeur

[Dinner on own]


Friday, May 28

9.00 meet in lobby

9.30 Louvre

 [Lunch on own]

15.00 IBM FRANCE metro and then bus to 17, Avenue de l'Europe, Bois-Colombes.

IBM Forum Desk, and ask Rayann Koudaih, meeting in the "OPERA" room with Rayann and Benedicte Mc Coy.

[Dinner on own]

Prepare for next day departure.


Saturday, May 29

 (CDG).  Have your ticket information and your passport in hand); arrive USA, Go through customs.
Hotel Information


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

            27, ch. Des Crets de Pregny

            Grand Sacconex, GE Switzerland

            Phone from USA:

            Fax from USA:



2.         Hotel Villa d'Est Strasbourg

12, rue Jacques Kablé

Strasbourg 67000

Phone from USA:

Fax from USA:

Email contact@hotel-villa-est.com

            (http://www.hotel-villa-est.com/ )


3.         Hotel Edouard VI

            61, boulevard du Montparnasse

            75006 Paris

            Phone from USA:

            Fax from USA:

            Email:  hotel-edouardvi@wanadoo.fr



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 22 for Geneva 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.



 By taxi or bus 

From the airport :

Taxi : about 10 minutes ride. The cost is around CHF 25 + luggage

Bus no 28 (direction 'JARDIN BOTANIQUE', about 11 minutes ride):     Get off at the bus stop
VY-DES-CHAMPS, cross the street and go up the foot path CHEMIN DE LA RIOLE – at the church turn right on CHEMIN DES CRETS DE PREGNY, follow this road to the Center. About 10 min walk from the bus stop. The cost of the bus ticket is about CHF 3.-

Bus n° 5 direction 'HOPITAL' bus stop GRAND-SACONNEX PLACE – go through the parking lot, then up CHEMIN AUGUSTE VILBERT - go up the hill to the stop sign, cross the road then follow the signs – CENTRE JOHN KNOX – About 15 min walk from the bus stop.


12, rue Jacques Kablé




IF YOU’RE COMING FROM                                                              IF YOU’RE COMING FROM

      THE NORTH (PARIS)                                                                   GERMANY

- Take the exit “Centre ville”                                                              - Take the motorway direction PARIS (A4°)

- Turn around the “Place de Haguenau”                                          - Take the exit “Wacken-Avenue des Vosges

- Take the sixth street (the last one) on your right                         - Then take the exit “Avenue des Vosges

- The Hotel stands about 10 meters on your right                          - The hotel is facing the bridge




- Take the exit “Wacken-Avenue des Vosges

- Then take the exit “Avenue des Vosges

- The hotel is facing the bridge