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Delaware Water Gap With Your Grandkids: Canoe, Kayak and Raft

Program Number: 14842RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2013 - 7/11/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $543.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Water Sports; National Parks
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Program intended for grandchildren from 13 - 17 years of age.

Learn to paddle by canoe, kayak and raft with your grandchildren down the Delaware River, the longest free-flowing river in the eastern U.S. It’s a perfect location for an introduction to boating skills and water safety. Discover the high ridges of the Delaware Water Gap, where the river cuts through the Poconos. Explore new segments of river on different watercraft with experts in the local geography and biodiversity.




Highlights

• Learn basic boating and safety skills before embarking by kayak, canoe and raft down different sections of the Delaware River.
• Enjoy explorations of the local woods, hills and waterways with a supervisory park ranger.
• Take advantage of the sublime outdoor setting to enjoy a campfire, swim, play tennis, volleyball or golf, fish and much more.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles varied terrain; canoe/kayak up to six miles, some Class I rapids; elevation gains of 1,000 ft.




Date Specific Information

7-7-2013

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Coordinated by Shawnee Institute.




Shawnee on Delaware

This quaint, historic village is situated amid the sylvan beauty of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area at the foothills of the Pocono Mountains in eastern Pennsylvania, just 75 miles from New York City.



Accommodations
Historic inn located on the only inhabited island of the Delaware River with indoor pool and full-service spa.
Meals and Lodgings
   Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
  Shawnee on Delaware, PA 4 nights
 Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Type: Inn
  Description: Historic Inn on the the river.
  Contact info: 1 River Road
Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356 USA
phone: 800-SHA-WNEE
web: www.shawneeinn.com
  Room amenities: Moderately sized charming rooms have private bath, cable television, iron and ironing board, blow dryer, free wireless Internet access and telephone.
  Facility amenities: Concierge, 24-hour front desk, fitness room, ice machine, laundry service, lounge, room service (limited hours), 24-hour security, wake-up service and restaurant. Indoor pool. Full service spa. Business center with free Internet access.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: All bathrooms have a step up from the bedroom.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Before - $190; After - $110 This rate does not include any meals. It is for room only. Call 800-742-9633 to make additional reservations. To receive special rate please mention that you are with the Road Scholar group.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Before - $190; After - $110 This rate does not include any meals. It is for room only. Call 800-742-9633 to make additional reservations. To receive special rate please mention that you are with the Road Scholar group.
  Check out time: 11:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM Registration at the Shawnee Inn. You will be staying at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM You will be staying at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Parental Consent form
  Parking availability:
Free parking on site.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Shawnee on Delaware, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Shawnee on Delaware
  Nearest highway: I-80
  Nearest airport:  Liberty International Airport, Newark, NJ
  From End of Program
  Location: Shawnee on Delaware, PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Port Authority of NY

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Martz Trailways
phone: 570-424-3040

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Adults: $34; Seniors $29.95.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

   

Bus service ends at Delaware Water Gap, about 2.5 miles from the Inn. Transportation between the Delaware Water Gap terminal and the Shawnee Inn is available by taxi for $10.

 

Newark - Liberty Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Olympia Trails Bus Company/Liberty Express
phone: 877-863-9275

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Adults - $16; Seniors - $8
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes to Port Authority of NY 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles to Port Authority of NY

   

Tickets are available at Greyline in in the airport terminal, or can be purchased on the bus. From the Port Authority terminal in New York, take Martz Trailways to Delaware Water Gap.

 

New York - Kennedy Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
New York Airport Express Bus Service
phone: 718-875-8200

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$16
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes to Port Authority of NY 

 

Distance:

 

15 miles to Port Authority of New York

   

Bus stop is located at the Express Bus Stop at each airline terminal. Departure every 20-30 minutes. At the Port Authority bus terminal, take the Martz Trailways bus to Delaware Water Gap.

 

The Delaware Water Gap

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Pocono Cab Company
phone: 570-424-2800

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2.5 miles

   

Taxi service is available 24/7

 
Driving Directions
  From the East: I-80 West Take PA Exit 310, Delaware Water Gap (immediately after toll bridge, first exit in PA). Then take the next right exit to the PA Welcome Center. At the TRAFFIC LIGHT, proceed straight through on River Road. Go under overpass and over railroad tracks. At stop sign proceed to the RIGHT. Stay on River Road for approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is on the RIGHT at the bottom of the hill.
  From the North: I-84 West Take Exit 46, Milford. Turn left toward Milford at the stop. At the traffic light in Milford, go straight through and on to US Route 209 S. Follow 209 South for about 25 miles. Just past the traffic light at the elementary school, make a LEFT turn on Hollow Road. Go 4.0 miles (pass Shawnee Mountain) until Hollow Road intersects with River Road at the Shawnee Playhouse. Turn RIGHT onto River Road. The entrance to Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is 1/4 mile on your LEFT.
  From the South: I-95 North I-95 N TO I-476 N. (I-76 N, then I-476 N if coming from Philadelphia Airport). On I-476 N go to US-22 E, to US-33 N, then I-80 E to PA Exit 310, Delaware Water Gap. Turn LEFT at the TRAFFIC LIGHT on River Road. Go under the overpass, and over the railroad tracks. At the stop sign proceed to the RIGHT. Stay on River Road approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort will be on the RIGHT at the bottom of the hill.
  From the West: I-80 East Take I-80 E to exit 310, Delaware Water Gap. Make a LEFT at the TRAFFIC LIGHT on River Road. Go under overpass and over railroad tracks. At stop sign proceed to the RIGHT. Stay on River Road for approximately 1.5 miles. The entrance to the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort is on the RIGHT at the bottom of the hill.
  Note for all: Once you are at the entrance to the Resort, pass the gate house and continue straight over the bridge. The main parking lot will be on your left. You may either drive around to the front of the Inn and park temporarily under the portico while your check-in, or you may park at the main lot first, and enter the hotel through the rear entrance. Bell porters are available at either place if you need help with your luggage.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in, registration, orientation, welcome dinner, after-dinner lecture.
(Sunday, July 7)
   
 Arrive To: Check in at front desk for hotel room. An Road Scholar registration desk will be in the lobby of the Inn
 Afternoon: Meet Shawnee staff and fellow explorers for a program orientation.
 Dinner: Join Road Scholar participants and staff for a Welcome Dinner.
 Evening: Swim class
 Evening: Water safety talk and tips on reading the river.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Rafting skills clinic, guided river trip, hiking, evening skills class.
(Monday, July 8)

Note: Rafting 4 miles on easy, calm water. Guided hike is 2 miles, on trail with some rocky and rugged sections, elevation gain of up to 1000 ft; guided nature walk is 2 miles, smooth and level.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the River Room.
 Morning: Meet at Shawnee River Trips for a rafting skills clinic including safety tips, followed by guided river trip.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Inn.
 Afternoon: Young people will enjoy a guided trail hike, while adults take a more leisurely guided nature walk.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the Inn.
 Evening: Kayaking skills class.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kayaking skills clinic, guided river trip, yoga, evening concert
(Tuesday, July 9)

Note: Kayaking 6 miles on mostly calm water, some exposed rocks and short sections of Class I rapids.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the River Room.
 Morning: Meet at Shawnee River Trips for a kayaking skills clinic including safety tips, followed by guided river trip.
 Lunch: Lunch at the Inn.
 Afternoon: A yoga stretching class to relax sore muscles, followed by a canoeing skills class.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the Inn.
 Evening: Concert on the front lawn.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Canoeing skills clinic, guided river trip, lunch on the river, free time afternoon and evening. Night hiking with our naturalist.
(Wednesday, July 10)

Note: Canoeing 10 miles on mostly calm water, with some stretches of Class I rapids and exposed rocks. Easy eddy swim.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at the River Room.
 Morning: Meet at Shawnee River Trips for a canoeing skills clinic, followed by guided river trip.
 Lunch: Pull out of the river for a picnic lunch along the way.
 Afternoon: River trip continues, with a stop for a swim and a rock jump. Free time for remainder of the afternoon.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the Inn.
 Evening: Night hike with our naturalist
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Buffet breakfast, river adventure video, make your own lunch, check out.
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the River Room.
 Morning: Adventure video: Lost in the Grand Canyon
 Lunch: Make your own lunch for the road. Check out.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Shawnee on Delaware, PA Bushkill Falls
Eight magnificent waterfalls. Walking trails and steps. For additional information, visit www.visitbushkillfalls.com
  Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
For 40 miles the Middle Delaware River passes between low forested mountains with barely a house in sight. Then the river cuts through the mountain ridge to form the famed"Water Gap." Exiting the park, the river will run 200 miles more to Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at Wilmington, Delaware. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/dewa
  Pocono Indian Museum
Route 209, Bushkill, PA. Historical displays and information about Native Americans in the area. For additional information, visit www.poconoindianmuseum.com
  Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
19th century Pennsylvania German Farmstead For additional information, visit www.quietvalley.org
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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