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Delaware Water Gap: Canoe, Kayak and Raft

Program Number: 17610RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/18/2013 - 8/22/2013;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $681.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt    

The Delaware River is the longest free-flowing river in the eastern United States. Float, paddle and learn about the river and its history as experienced leaders demonstrate basic boating skills and lead river trips of differing lengths. Improve your rafting, canoeing and kayaking skills under the supervision of expert instructors, while a naturalist brings you up-close to the varied flora and fauna on the river and on shore. Hear presentations on local history and geology that give you the context needed to make the most out of your river experience.




Highlights

• Two days of hands-on paddling on the beautiful Delaware River and a hike in the National Recreation Area.
• Professional lectures by the National Park Service on the history of the area and an evening concert on the lawn at the inn.
• Enjoy a host of other activities on land including concerts, riverside barbecues and productions by a local playhouse.



Activity Particulars

Ideal for beginners. No experience is needed. Rafting, kayaking and canoeing excursions of 4 miles, 6 miles and 10 miles respectively.




Date Specific Information

8-18-2013

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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
The Historic Shawnee Inn overlooks the National Scenic and Recreational Delaware River; amenities include indoor pool, hot tub, and full service spa.
Meals and Lodgings
   Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
  Shawnee on Delaware, PA 4 nights
 Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Type: Hotel
  Description: Historic Inn on beautiful riverside setting.
  Contact info: 1 River Road
Shawnee on Delaware, PA 18356 USA
phone: 800-742-9633
web: www.shawneeinn.com
  Room amenities: Moderately sized charming rooms have phone, TV, free wireless Internet, air conditioning, iron, and blow dryer.
  Facility amenities: Concierge, 24-hour front desk, fitness room, ice machine, laundry service, lounge, room service (limited hours), 24-hour security, wake-up service, restaurants, indoor swimming pool, hot tub, tennis courts, and full-service spa. Free Internet access in the business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Most bathrooms have a step up from the bedroom.
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies from $110 - $180 Call hotel for reservations: 1-800-742-9633. Tell them that you are with the Road Scholar group to get the special rates. Note: Rate is for two people, no meals are included.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies from $110 - $180 Call hotel for reservations: 1-800-742-9633. Tell them that you are with the Road Scholar group to get the special rates. Note: Rate is for two people, no meals are included.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm 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.
  Parking availability:
Hotel parking lot.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Shawnee on Delaware, PA
  Nearest city or town:  Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania
  Nearest highway: Interstate 80
  Nearest airport:  Liberty - Newark, NJ; Kennedy - New York, NY.
  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 hours to Delaware Water Gap 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles to Delaware Water Gap

   

Bus service ends at Delaware Water Gap, about 2.5 miles from the Inn. Transportation from the bus terminal to the 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.
Equipment Requirements: Dry-bags will be provided.
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.
(Sunday, August 18)
   
 Afternoon: Check-in and registration: You may check-in at the Inn front desk for your room beginning at 4:00 pm, then register with the Road Scholar staff at a table set up in the lobby. Orientation: At 5:00 pm, we will have introductions and orientation. Your packet will contain an updated schedule of lectures, hands-on experience and other program activities that we will review. (Local circumstances, such as weather, may require some changes in the program schedule.)
 Dinner: Our dinners at the Shawnee Inn will be buffet-style, and will include two salads, rolls and butter, two entrées (one of which will be vegetarian), vegetables, rice or potatoes, dessert, a fresh fruit tray, and beverages. Dinner is an opportunity to become acquainted with your new Road Scholar companions, and to discover what else you share beyond a love of lifetime learning. Portions are generous, so be careful. The food is excellent, and it's easy to put on a pound or two while you're here.
 Evening: Our evening program will be a talk on water safety, and tips on how to read the river by the group leader.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Raft skills clinic, guided river trip/presentation on local history
(Monday, August 19)
   
 Breakfast: Our breakfast will be buffet-style in the Shawnee Inn River Room restaurant. We offer a wide choice of both hot and cold items, including make-your-own waffles, omelette's to order, and fresh fruit platters.
 Morning: After breakfast, we will meet at the River Base, then take the vans 4 miles up river. There we will have a short raft skills clinic, then we'll head down river, accompanied by a National Park Ranger.
 Lunch: Our lunch menu includes: salad, soup, sandwich, raw vegetables, dessert and beverages.
 Afternoon: After lunch, a National Park Ranger will present a talk about the history of the Delaware Valley and the creation of the National Recreation Area.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at The Shawnee Inn.
 Evening: After dinner, we will have a kayaking skills class presented by our group leader.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Kayak skills clinic, guided 6-mile kayak trip, yoga stretches, canoeing skills class, evening concert.
(Tuesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the Shawnee Inn River Room restaurant.
 Morning: Today we will have a short kayak skills clinic, then take a 6-mile river trip.
 Lunch: Our lunch today will be a barbeque picnic at the river's edge.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we'll have a canoeing skills class, followed by a yoga stretching class.
 Dinner: Another fine dinner at the Shawnee Inn.
 Evening: After dinner, a very pleasant concert on the front lawn.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Canoe skills clinic, guided 10-mile canoe river trip & rapids swim.
(Wednesday, August 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet in the Shawnee Inn River Room restaurant
 Morning: Today we do a canoe skills clinic, then a guided 10-mile canoe river trip.
 Lunch: Today we will make our own lunch before we leave the Inn, and stop for a picnic along the way.
 Afternoon: After lunch, if the river conditions permit, we'll stop and do a rapids swim along the way, then finish our trip.
 Dinner: Our farewell dinner tonight will be at The Gem & Keystone Tavern, a short walk from the Inn. The Gem & Keystone features locally grown produce, and a variety of beers brewed right here by ShawneeCraft brewery.
   
Accommodations: Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: A trolley ride of historic and natural attractions in the area.
(Thursday, August 22)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast in the River Room restaurant.
 Morning: This morning we will be taking the Delaware Water Gap Trolley tour, to explore local areas of interest.
 Lunch: We will make our own lunches for the road before we leave the Inn.
   
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
Exquisite national park. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/dewa
  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.

Suggested Reading List


A Paddler's Guide to the Delaware River


Author: Gary Letcher


Description: An indispensible resource for anyone who wants to experience the Delaware River in a kayak, canoe, raft or tube. The river comes alive as Gary Letcher charts the non-tidal Delaware 200 miles from Hancock, NY to Trenton, NJ and introduces some of the people, places, events and controversies that have marked the river from earliest times to the present day.



CANOEING FOR EVERYONE


Author: Daniel A. Gray


Description: A step-by-step guide to selecting the gear, learning the strokes, and planning your trip. Excellent photographs make learning the strokes easy.





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