ECA TRIP TO THIMUN 2011 Travel Itinerary THURSDAY 20TH JANUARY 2011 Depart ECA by school bus at 2:30pm. Depart Caracas at 6:55pm for Madrid on Iberia Flight IB6674. We will be flying on Airbus 340. Our flying time is 8hrs and 35minutes. FRIDAY 21ST JANUARY 2011 We will arrive in Madrid at 9:00am on Friday 21st January. We will have 2hrs and 50 minutes to make our connection to Rome. FRIDAY 21ST JANUARY 2011 We will depart Madrid at 11:50am on Iberia Flight IB3608. We will be flying on an Airbus A320 or A321 The flying time is 2hr & 20 minutes. We will arrive in Rome at 2:10pm. Private Bus Transfer to Hotel. Our Hotel in Rome: Eurostars International Palace Hotel Check In: Friday 21st Jan 2011: Check Out Sunday 23rd Jan 2011 Our Hotel in Rome: Eurostars International Palace Hotel Check In: Friday 21st Jan 2011: Check Out Sunday 23rd Jan 2011 Our Hotel in Rome: Eurostars International Palace Hotel Check In: Friday 21st Jan 2011: Check Out Sunday 23rd Jan 2011 Our Hotel in Rome: Eurostars International Palace Hotel Check In: Friday 21st Jan 2011: Check Out Sunday 23rd Jan 2011 Where is the hotel located? The Eurostars International Palace is set in a privileged location in the Italian capital. It is situated in the centre of a triangle formed by the Fontana di Trevi, the Piazza Venezia and the Piazza della Repubblica. It is very near the Via Veneto and the Piazza di Spagna, as well as the Diocletian Baths, Santa Maria degli Angeli, Santa Maria Maggiore, the Colosseum, the Quirinale, the Trajan Column and the Fori Imperiali. It is just 400 metres from the Rome Termini station. Other legendary sights in A the Eternal City, such as the Sant’ ngelo Castle, Piazza Navona, Villa Borghese, Campo dei Fiori or the Palazzo Farnese are also within easy reach on the metro or even on foot, as are the marvellous monuments on the other side of the River Tiber: the Vatican City or the Trastevere. The hotel is surrounded by cafés, trattorias and typical restaurants. Contact Details for the Hotel Eurostars International Palace Address: Via Nazionale, 46 Location Roma Province Rome Telephone (+39) 06 48 93 99 60 Fax: (+39) 06 48 93 02 29 Email email@example.com Saturday 22nd January 2011 • A full day of sightseeing in amazing Rome! • We will have at least two different groups for this day of sightseeing. • For students who have been to Rome on several occasions, they will have an alternative program (This will be negotiated with these students) • For students who are first time visitors to Rome, they will start with a tour to the Vatican and other principal sights. • Note: All sightseeing fees are included. ROME HIGHLIGHTS: The Fontana di THE TREVI FOUNDTAIN Trevi or Trevi Fountain is the most famous and arguably the most beautiful fountain in all of Rome. This impressive monument dominates the small Trevi square located in the Quirinale district. Construction began in 1732 and was completed in 1762. The large figure in front of the fountain is Neptune – God of the Seas ROME HIGHLIGHTS: THE COLOSSEUM Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, started construction of the Colosseum in AD 72. It was completed in AD 80, the year after Vespasian's death. The huge amphitheater was built on the site of an artificial lake, part of Nero's huge park in the center of Rome which also included the Golden House (Domus Aurea) and the nearby Colossus statue. This giant statue of Nero also gave the building its current name. The Pantheon , ROME HIGHLIGHTS: commissioned by Marcus Agrippa as a THE PANTHEON temple to all the gods of Ancient Rome, and rebuilt by Emperor Hadrian in about 126 AD ROME HIGHLIGHTS: THE SPANISH STEPS The Spanish Steps (Italian: Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti) are a set of steps in Rome, Italy, climbing a steep slope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, dominated by the church of Trinità dei Monti. The Scalinata is the longest and widest staircase in Europe. The monumental stairway of 138 steps was built with French diplomat Étienne Gueffier’s bequeathed funds of 20,000 scudi, in 1723–1725, linking the Bourbon Spanish Embassy to the Holy See, today still located in Palazzo Monaldeschi in the piazza below, with the Trinità dei Monti the church that was under the patronage of the Bourbon kings of France, above. ROME HIGHLIGHTS – THE VATICAN THE SISTINE CHAPEL The Sistine Chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV della Rovere (pontiff from 1471 to 1484) who had the old Cappella Magna restored between 1477 and 1480. The 15th century decoration of the walls includes: the false drapes, the Stories of Moses (south and entrance walls) and of Christ (north and entrance walls) and the portraits of the Popes (north and south and entrance walls). St. Peter's Basilica has the ROME HIGHLIGHTS largest interior of any Christian church in the ST PETERS BASICALLA – THE VATICAN world, holding 60,000 people. It is regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" and as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom". In Catholic tradition, the basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession. Tradition and some historical evidence hold that Saint Peter's tomb is directly below the altar of the basilica ROME HIGHLIGHTS: ST PETERS SQUARE – THE VATICAN The open space which lies before the basilica was redesigned by Gian Lorenzo Bernini from 1656 to 1667, under the direction of Pope Alexander VII, as an appropriate forecourt, designed "so that the greatest number of people could see the Pope give his blessing, either from the middle of the façade of the church or from a window in the Vatican Palace" (Norwich 1975 p 175). ROME CATACOMBS Sunday 23rd January 2011 Travel from Rome to the Hague • Breakfast 8:00am. • Morning free for additional sightseeing or shopping. • Depart Hotel at 11:30am by our own bus for Rome’s Fiumicino Airport. • Arrive Rome Airport at 12:30pm. • Depart Rome at 3:00pm on Iberia Flight IB3679 for Madrid. Arrive Madrid 5:25pm. Aircraft Airbus A321. (Food for Purchase) • We will have about 2 hours to make our connection. • Depart Madrid at 7:20pm on Iberia Flight IB3244 for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Arrive 9:50pm. Aircraft Airbus A321. (Food for Purchase) • Transfer by private bus to our Hotel in the Hague. Our hotel in the Hague: The IBIS Deng Haag Hotel City Centre Check In: Sunday 23 Jan 2011. Check Out: Saturday 29th Jan 2011 Our hotel in the Hague: The IBIS Deng Haag Hotel City Centre Check In: Sunday 23 Jan 2011. Check Out: Saturday 29th Jan 2011 Our hotel in the Hague: The IBIS Deng Haag Hotel City Centre Check In: Sunday 23 Jan 2011. Check Out: Saturday 29th Jan 2011 Our hotel in the Hague: The IBIS Deng Haag Hotel City Centre Check In: Sunday 23 Jan 2011. Check Out: Saturday 29th Jan 2011 Our hotel in the Hague: The IBIS Deng Haag Hotel City Centre Check In: Sunday 23 Jan 2011. Check Out: Saturday 29th Jan 2011 Hotel Contact Details • Jan Hendrikstraat 10 2512 GL - DEN HAAG NETHERLANDS Tel. : (+31)70/3184318 • Fax. : (+31)70/3184319 Monday 24th January 2011 THIMUN PROGRAM OF EVENTS 9:00am to 10:30am Registration 9:00am to 10:00am Preparatory Meetings 9:00am to 5:00pm Lobbying, merging, and informal meetings. 11:30am to 2:00pm Lunch available. 1:00pm Ambassador & Heads of Delegation Meeting 3:00pm to 4:30pm: Formal Opening Tuesday 25th January 2011 THIMUN PROGRAM OF EVENTS 9:00am to 1:00pm Plenary Sessions and opening speeches of the General Assembly, Commissions and Special Conference. 9:00am to 5:00pm Approval Panel Opening. 11:30 to 2:00pm Lunch Available. 2:00pm to 5:00pm Committee & Sub- commission meetings 8:00pm Evening Entertainment. Wednesday 26th January 2011 THIMUN PROGRAM OF EVENTS 9:00am to 2:00pm Committee & sub- commission meetings. 9:00am to 5:00pm Approval Panel Open 11:30am to 2:00pm Lunch available. 2:00pm to 5:00pm No sessions. Possible Sightseeing time in the Hague Thursday 27th January 2011 THIMUN PROGRAM OF EVENTS 9:00am to 5:00pm Committee & Sub- Commission Meetings 11:30am to 2:00pm Lunch Available. Friday 28th January 2011 THIMUN PROGRAM OF EVENTS 9:00am to 11:30am Committee & Sub- commission meetings 11:30am to 1:00pm Lunch available. 1:00pm to 4:30pm Plenary sessions of General Assembly, Commissions. 4:30pm Closing Ceremonies 8:00pm to 12 midnight THIMUN DANCE. ECA DELEGATION – Country /Organization Representation SUDAN • ECA students will be representing the country of Sudan • This country is fascinating for several reasons. • Its President has been indicated for war crimes by the International Criminal Court. • In early January 2011, the people of Sudan will vote to create two different countries – Sudan & South Sudan. Who will we represent at THIMUN? ECA DELEGATION – Country /Organization Representation The International Monetary Fund (IMF) • A major economic institution. • Of critical importance in resolving the current debt crisis in Europe. (eg: Ireland / Greece) THE HAGUE ATTRACTIONS: The Peace Palace This is the home of the International Court of Justice. The style is Gothic, but the period is all wrong, so this building is known as "Mock-Gothic" architecture. It was built with money donated by American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie after the first international peace conference (The Hague Peace Conference) was held in 1899. That conference was organized by Czar Nicholas II of Russia. Carnegie saw the need for a formal home for an international justice system, and put up £1,000,000.00 to have it built. THE HAGUE ATTRACTIONS Binnenhof & Ridderzaal (Inner Court & Hall of the Knights) The magnificent Binnenhof, the 13th-century hunting lodge of the counts of Holland, is the center of Read more: Holland's political life. It now houses the First and Second Chamber of the Staaten-Generaal (States General), an equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate, respectively. At the cobblestoned courtyard's heart is the beautiful, twin-towered Hall of the Knights, measuring 38*18m (126*59 ft.) and soaring 26m (85 ft.) to its oak roof. Since 1904, its immense interior, adorned with provincial flags and leaded-glass windows depicting the coats of arms of Dutch cities, has hosted the queen's annual address to Parliament (third Tues in Sept) and official receptions. Adjacent to the Ridderzaal are the former quarters of the Stadhouder (Head of State). THE HAGUE ATTRACTIONS: To see "Holland in a Nutshell," head to Madurodam the wooded dunes linking the Hague and the coastal resort of Scheveningen. This enchanting display of a miniature, fictitious city sprawls over 170 hectares (70 acres) in the Scheveningse Bosjes (Scheveningen Woods). Typical Dutch townscapes and famous landmarks are replicated on a scale of 1:25 -- you'll feel a bit like Gulliver viewing Lilliput. The wonder of it all is that this is a working miniature world: Trains run, ships move, planes taxi down runways, bells ring, the barrel organ plays, there's a town fair in progress, and 50,000 tiny lamps light up when darkness falls. Children love it -- but surprisingly, 75% of the 750,000 annual visitors are adults. THE HAGUE ATTRACTIONS Mauritshuis Once the residence of Count Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen, court dandy, cousin of the ruling Oranje- Nassaus, and governor-general of Dutch Brazil, this small but delightful neoclassical mansion from 1637 rises out of the Hofvijver pond. It houses the Koninklijk Kabinet van Schilderijen (Royal Cabinet of Paintings), a stunning collection of 15th- to 18th-century Low Countries art, given to the nation by King Willem I in 1816. The intimate rooms are set on two floors, and some have illuminated ceilings. It almost feels like you're viewing a private collection. Housed in a honey-toned brick building THE HAGUE ATTRACTIONS (1935) by architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage, this fine museum has plenty Gemeentemuseum Den Haag to see. Top billing goes to the world's most comprehensive collection -- more (The Hague Municipal Museum) than 50 works -- by De Stijl artist Piet Mondrian, among them his last painting, the unfinished Victory Boogie Woogie (1944), an abstract representation of New York. Other rooms cover 19th-century Dutch Romantic art, the Impressionist Hague School, and 20th-century art, and there are a few works by van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso, and prints and drawings by Karel Appel and Toulouse- Lautrec. For decorative arts, there's ceramics from Delft, China, and the Middle East; Dutch and Venetian glass; silver; period furniture; and an intricate 1743 dollhouse. The music department has antique instruments from Europe -- harpsichords, pianos, and more -- and from around the world, and an impressive library of scores, books, and prints. New underground rooms are used for temporary fashion exhibits. Saturday 29th January 2011 Travel from the Hague to Amsterdam Amsterdam Sightseeing • Depart the IBIS Hotel in the Hague at 8:30am by private bus. • Arrive at the Amsterdam Apollo Museum Hotel at 9:30am approximately. Our hotel in Amsterdam: The Apollo Museum Hotel Amsterdam Check In: Saturday 29th Jan . Check Out: Sunday 30th Jan 2011 Our hotel in Amsterdam: The Apollo Museum Hotel Amsterdam Check In: Saturday 29th Jan . Check Out: Sunday 30th Jan 2011 Welcome to Best Western Apollo Museum Hotel Amsterdam City Centre! Welcome to the well-known Best Western Apollo Museumhotel Amsterdam City Centre situated in an outstanding monumental building next to the Rijksmuseum. Our non- smoking hotel is located in the most exclusive shopping street P.C. Hooftstraat opposite the Singel canal. The Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum of modern art, RAI Convention Center, Leidsesquare, casino, restaurants and theatres, historical city centre of Amsterdam, the canals and the Vondelpark are all just a few minutes walking distance. Our hotel offers modern designed air-conditioned rooms with private bathroom, mini- bar, splendid view and wireless Internet. Our hotel in Amsterdam: The Apollo Museum Hotel Amsterdam Check In: Saturday 29th Jan . Check Out: Sunday 30th Jan 2011 Address: HOTEL: CONTACT DETAILS Address: P.C. Hooftstraat 2, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1071 BX, NL Phone: +31 206621402 Fax: 31 020 673 3918 Saturday 29th January 2011 Amsterdam Sightseeing VAN GOTH MUSEUM More than 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh (1853-90), along with nearly every sketch, print, etching, and piece of correspondence the artist ever produced have been housed here since the museum opened in 1973. Saturday 29th January 2011 Amsterdam Sightseeing Rijksmuseum De Meesterwerken The country's premier museum, the Rijksmuseum, is still working through a decade-long refurbishment project process that's due to be completed in 2013. Most of it is closed, but key paintings and other works from the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age can be viewed in the museum's Philips Wing, under the banner of "The Masterpieces." Even in its drastically reduced circumstances, the State Museum is still one of the leading museums in the land. Saturday 29th January 2011 Amsterdam Sightseeing Anne Frankhuis House You shouldn't miss seeing and experiencing this typical Amsterdam canal house, with steep interior stairs, where eight people from three separate Jewish families lived together in silence for more than 2 years during World War II. The hiding place Otto Frank found for his family, the van Pels family, and Fritz Pfeffer kept them safe until tragically close to the end of the war, when it was raided by Nazi forces and its occupants deported to concentration camps. Saturday 29th January 2011 Amsterdam Sightseeing Amsterdam Historical Museum For a better understanding of everything you'll see while exploring the city on your own, a visit of 3 to 4 hours to this brilliantly executed museum is more than worthwhile. Its location, the restored 17th- century former Burger Weeshuis (City Orphanage), is already notable. Gallery by gallery, century by century, you'll learn how a small fishing village founded around 1200 became a major sea power and trading center. The focus is on the city's 17th-century Golden Age, when Amsterdam was the world's wealthiest city, and some of the most interesting exhibits are of the trades that made it rich. Sunday 30th January 2010 Travel from Amsterdam to Caracas • Private Bus leaves the Apollo Museum Hotel at 4:30am for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. • Arrive Schiphol Airport at 5:15am. • Depart Amsterdam at 7:55am on Iberia flight IB 3215 for Madrid. Arrive Madrid at 10:30am. The Aircraft is an Airbus A321. • We will have 2 hours & 35 minutes to make our connection. • Depart Madrid at 12:55pm on Iberia flight IB 6673 for Caracas. Arrive Caracas at 4:50pm. The flying time is 9hrs 25 min. The aircraft is an A340-600. Lunch & snack service included. • Transfer from Airport to ECA. ETA 7:30 to 8:00pm. NOMADS TRAVEL INSURANCE Steps for Buying the Travel Insurance Step 1: Go to www.worldnomads.com Step 2 • Select your country of permanent residence. Step 3 • Select the policy start date: 20th Jan 20111 Step 4 • Select the policy duration – 2 weeks. (Our trip is less days than this, but we still need the 2 week policy) NOMADS TRAVEL INSURANCE Step 5 • On this page, you may need to re-enter some data from the previous page. • You will also be asked what type of policy you want – select single • You will then be asked the type of policy – - select premium cover Step 6 • Click continue – you will then come to summary screen. • Click on `Buy Now`. • Enter your personal details • Continue to the payment section Medical Expenses & Emergency Evacuation (Unlimited) Hospitalisation 100% Outpatient treatment by a doctor/specialist 100% Prescribed medicines 100% Prescribed treatment by a physiotherapist/chiropractor USD$2,500 Provisional pain-stilling dental treatment USD$300 Ambulance transportation 100% Medical Evacuation/Repatriation 100% Evacuation 100% Return Trip 100% Compassionate Emergency Repatriation 100% Next-of-Kin Accompaniment 100% Compassionate Emergency Visit 100% Board, lodging and local transport for a person summoned or USD$6,000(USD$300 per accompanying the insured person per day) Statutory arrangements in case of death 100% Home transportation of the deceased 100% Baggage – Theft, Loss or Damage $US2000 • The insured will be compensated for the following items on his/her travel outside his/her country of permanent residence: Baggage, electronic equipment, such as laptops and mobile phones, cash, tickets, traveller’s cheques, credit cards, securities and passports. Baggage and electronic equipment of any nature for commercial use, including travellers’ samples, dealers’ stock and collections, are not covered. Bicycles, sports equipment and accessories here to are not covered. This section has specific conditions and exclusions. Please refer to the policy wording for the full details. Other Benefits of Our Policy (See the Policy Handout) • Loss of Passport or Cash • Personal Accident – Death & Disability • Baggage Delay • Personal Liability – Property Damage • Personal Liability – Bodily Injury • Flight Delay • Hospital Daily Benefit • Security and Legal Assistance • Trip Cancellation Free Time & Curfews in the Evenings • When events end at 5:00pm at the convention Centre, in the Hague all students will have free time to 8pm. • At 8:00pm all students will meet in the reception of the IBIS hotel for the first evening check. • 10th grade students must remain in the hotel after this time or alternatively can go to other places (eg: movie) with a teacher. • 11th / 12th grade students, will then have free time until 11:00pm. They must stay in groups of at least three students at all times. • All students must be back in the hotel by 11:00pm. • HOWEVER, ALL STUDENTS SHOULD BE REMINDER: They will have significant work to complete for THIMUN the next day. Also additional ECA work to complete. What meals are included? • All Buffet Breakfasts at the Hotels • All lunches during the THIMUN program • Dinner in Rome on Saturday night (Specialty Restaurant) • Dinner in Amsterdam on Saturday night (Specialty Restaurant) Clothing – What to Bring? Professional Business Attire for THIMUN • For all days of the THIMUN event our delegation must be addressed in professional business attire. • For men, this include suit and tie. • For women, similar business attire is also expected. Clothing – What to Bring? Warm, Very Warm Clothing • The average daily temperature in Amsterdam in January is a maximum of 5 degrees C to minimum of 1 degrees. • Note that the Hague is located on the coast and the wind chill factor can be severe. • You should pack at least two jumpers and two jackets and possibly thermal clothing (eg: vest) if you really feel the cold. You will often wear four layers of clothing – I know I will! • Gloves & Scarfs are also essential. Luggage Limitations • On flights to Europe the luggage allowance is 1 bag per passenger. • The luggage allowance is 23 kilos. You are advised to pack a maximum of 18 to 20 kilos to allow at least some extra room for any possible souvenirs. • Airlines can be very strict in enforcing luggage limits and you do not want to pay excess baggage charges. Passports & Travel Documents • Students are responsible for looking after their own passport and travel documents. • Frequent and consistent checks will be made prior to departure from all locations. • Students should store their passport in systematic fashion and be able to locate this document in an instance. • Teachers will maintain a photocopy of all passports. Money Issues Debit Card Access to Funds • If you have a US bank account, you may already have an associated debit card, which allows for international withdrawals through the cirrus network in most cases. • Remember, that often you will be charged a foreign transaction withdrawal fee, plus a foreign exchange conversion fee. Money Issues Visa Debit / Mastercard Debit • This is the best option for most students if you have a US bank account. • This allows you to withdrawn funds from your account and pay in stores, in any locations that accepts Visa or Mastercard. • Again foreign transaction fees will apply. Money Issues Travellers Cheques • Not recommended because of the inconvenience of obtaining funds. Money Issues – The Best Situation: 2 Cards • Ideally if you have two debit cards/or credit cards this is an ideal situation. • If one is lost / stolen / damaged or perhaps in operable you have another card as a backup. • Some travellers leave this second card hidden in their main bag when they get to their destination. • Then if you lose your wallet while sight-seeing you will not be stranded if you need funds. Of course, the teachers can assist in these situations, but it is always wise to be prepared. • Some cards be replaced overseas, but this can be very time consuming. Copies of All Cards • You must provide the teachers, with copy of the debit/credit cards you intend to use during the trip. Venezuela Issued Debit/Credit Cards- Restricted International Use • You should remember that Venezuelan issued debit cards from banks like Mercantil cannot be used to access funds overseas. • Even Venezuelan issued credit cards are subject to yearly limits. How much Cash to Carry? • It is recommended that you never have more than $100 US dollars (or equivalent) in cash at anytime in your wallet. • Remember you can use your Debit Visa or Mastercard for most purchases. HEALTH ISSUES • Students must provide detailed information on any prior health conditions or medications that are necessary on a daily or weekly basis. • Full disclosure of any medical condition or requirement is critical for the safety of all students. • Teachers must know the type of medication a student is taking and in what quantities. CURFEWS • Students will be subject to strict curfews on this trip. • Failure to meet these expectations, will result in loss of free time and need to stay in the hotel at all times. • No student can go anywhere alone and must stay in a group of at least three to four students. Communication – Cell Phones • Students are encouraged to take their phones with them on the trip, if they have access to international roaming. • The intention is not that the cell phone will be used overseas for social calls back home, but rather for emergency situations only. • The staff will all have cell phones and students and parents will be given cards with these numbers for emergency use only. Next Parent Meeting Monday 17th January 7:00pm • Copy of your son/daughters passport. • Copy of your son/daughter’s credit or charge cards, with phone numbers of banks to call in the event the card(s) is/are lost or stolen. • Return of medical form. (electronic copy available) • Contact Form for all phones number and email addresses of family members, relatives and friends. (electronic copy available) • The Venezuelan Travel Permit.
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