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Southern Oregon Outdoor Adventure: Rafting, Caving, Hiking and Crater Lake With Your Grandchild!

Program Number: 14878RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/20/2014 - 7/25/2014; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 8/9/2015 - 8/14/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Grants Pass, Oregon
Price starting at: $1,291.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 12 - 14 years of age.

Come to the Rogue River Valley and immerse yourself in southern Oregon’s beautiful, lush landscape. Raft the river, explore the depths of Oregon’s extensive cave systems, swing through the trees on a challenge course and spend quality time with your grandchild. Learn about the unique geology and amazing history of the mystical, magical Crater Lake, with its towering cliffs and sparkling blue waters, while you hike and discover its volcanic past.




Highlights

• Learn about the unique geology and hydrology of the Rogue River before going on a thrilling raft ride.
• Explore a marble cave at Oregon Cave National Monument, and understand the importance of caves for fossil study, bat habitation and geologic research.
• Meet Oregon’s wildlife in a special animals presentation.



Activity Particulars

Walks up to two miles over uneven terrain; getting in and out of rafts. Some stairs. Navigate challenge course on wooded hillside.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Grants Pass

Grants Pass is a classic Oregon river town on the legendary Rogue River in the state’s southwest corner. The surrounding mountains and old growth forests echo with the history of Hudson Bay trappers, settlers and loggers. Gentle rapids invite rafting and fishing, as well as explorations in nearby Crater Lake and the city’s historic downtown.



Accommodations
Hotel along Rogue River in Grants Pass.
Meals and Lodgings
   Riverside Inn
  Grants Pass, OR 5 nights
 Riverside Inn
Type: Inn
  Description: The Riverside Inn is located next to the scenic Rogue River in Grants Pass, OR. As the largest full service hotel on the Rogue River, it is convenient to historic downtown Grants Pass. Each of the guest rooms includes a private balcony overlooking the river.
  Contact info: 986 SW 6th Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526 USA
phone: 541-476-6873
web: www.riverside-inn.com/
  Room amenities: Guest rooms have private balconies overlooking the Rogue River. Each room has a coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and hairdryer. Microwaves and refrigerators are available upon request.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary parking and wireless internet. Heated outdoor, seasonal pool open from 10AM - 10PM.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel for rates & avail. Please call hotel for rates and availability, and to book additional nights.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for rates & avail. Please call hotel for rates and availability, and to book additional nights.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in begins at 4PM. Road Scholar registration is from 4:00-5:00PM. You will be staying at Riverside Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Departure after breakfast. Hotel check-out by 11:00AM. You will be staying at Riverside Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A safety waiver is required for the rafting activities and the Synergo Challenge Course. These are required by their insurance carriers to obtain signed liability release waivers from all participants due to the activities on this program. You will also need to complete the Intergenerational Rules & Regulations Form. Young learners need to return the Parental Consent Form (one per child). Please send all completed forms to the Road Scholar provider office in Clackamas, OR at 14819 SE 82nd Drive Clackamas, OR 97015 (we will turn in the forms as a group). Please bring to the program your photo ID and your National Park Pass (if you have one) for our Crater Lake trip.
  Parking availability:
Complimentary parking in hotel lot.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Grants Pass, OR
  Nearest highway: I-5
  Nearest airport:  Rogue Valley International - Medford Airport (in Medford, OR)
  From End of Program
  Location: Grants Pass, OR
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Grants Pass

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Double D
phone: 541-291-0513
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$50 per group (up to 6 people)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

Please call in advance to reserve a time.

 

Grants Pass

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Car Rentals
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Travel Time:

 

35 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

30 miles

   

There are several rental car companies available at the Rogue Valley Internataional-Medford Airport (MFR) in Medford if you prefer to rent a car. Avis (541) 773-3016 or (800) 831-2847 Budget (541) 773-7023 Enterprise (541) 772-1200 or (800) 736-8222 Hertz (541) 773-4293 or (800) 654-3131 National / Alamo (541) 773-3183 or (888) 426-3299

 

Grants Pass

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

   

Greyhound has a station in Grants Pass. For fare and schedule information, contact Greyhound Bus Lines at 800-229-9424. Contact JC's Taxi at 541-761-7433 for transportation to the motel.

 

Grants Pass

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

   

Amtrak uses shuttle buses to the Greyhound Station in Grants Pass. For fare and schedule information, contact Amtrak at 800-812-7245. Contact JC's Taxi at 541-761-7433 for transportation to the motel.

 
Driving Directions
  Riverside Inn (From Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford, OR) Head North on Airport Road Turn Right onto Biddle Rd. (1.1mi) Continue on East Pine St. (.5mi) Turn Right to merge onto I-5 north Take exit 58 and turn left at the end of the off ramp putting you directly onto 6th Street. Go slightly over two miles. The Riverside Inn is on the right side directly before crossing the Caveman Bridge.
  Riverside Inn (From the North on I-5) Take exit 58 which puts you directly onto 6th Street. Go slightly over two miles. The Riverside Inn is on the right side directly before crossing the Caveman Bridge.
  Riverside Inn (From the South on I-5) Take exit 58 and turn left at the end of the off ramp putting you directly onto 6th Street. Go slightly over two miles. The Riverside Inn is on the right side directly before crossing the Caveman Bridge.
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: Program orientation and meeting your fellow participants.
(Sunday, July 20)
   
 Arrive To: Road Scholar registration is in the hotel breakfast room from 4:00-5:00PM. Meet your Group Leaders and fellow participants!
 Dinner: Gather in the breakfast room at 5:00 for a welcome pizza dinner, followed by introductions and orientation.
 Evening: At orientation, your Group Leaders will introduce themselves, and you'll learn all about the fun you'll be having in the days ahead!
   
Accommodations: Riverside Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Explore the beautiful Oregon Caves!
(Monday, July 21)

Note: Today's trip to the caves includes a 90min underground tour with 500 steps and walking uphill for 5-10min durations. Children must be at least 42in tall and pass a stair test unassisted.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast in the breakfast room of the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to the Oregon Caves, enjoying all the beautiful, fascinating scenery along the way! Once you arrive, you'll take a tour through a marble cave, and discover how the geology, fossils, cave life, bats, watershed, old-growth forest, and human history make Oregon Caves significant.
 Lunch: Enjoy a boxed lunch on the beautiful park grounds. After lunch, take a few minutes to explore the historic chateau, built by the Conservation Corps in 1934.
 Afternoon: Spend the afternoon on a guided hike in the Oregon Caves National Monument, recently expanded from 750 to 3,000 acres.
 Dinner: Relax after your caving adventure at a picnic dinner at Riverside Park in Grants Pass.
 Evening: Wow! Who knew you could get so up-close and personal with wild animals?! Tonight, head off to Wildlife Images, a rehabilitation and education center, where you'll learn about the animals of Southern Oregon and make some new feathered and furry friends!
   
Accommodations: Riverside Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hear the 'Rogue River Story' and then have your own river rafting adventure!
(Tuesday, July 22)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast in the lobby of the hotel.
 Morning: Meet with the group to hear the 'Rogue River Story' from your instructor. Learn to identify the flora and fauna of the Rogue River and discover the unique geology of this beautiful, powerful river that cuts across the Coast Range and the Siskiyou National Forest on its way to the Pacific Ocean.

Load up and head out for a fun and exciting day of rafting on the beautiful Rogue River!
 Lunch: Your river guides will provide you with a delicious lunch while you relax by the river.
 Afternoon: Continue your rafting trip on the beautiful Rogue River, the perfect combination of incredible geography, sparkling water, sunshine and fresh breezes. You'll see why rafting the Rogue is such a popular activity in Southern Oregon.
 Dinner: Enjoy a great meal at a favorite Grants Pass restaurant.
 Evening: Return to the hotel for a relaxing evening of free time. Rumor has it that the hotel pool feels fabulous after a full day of rafting and exploring!
   
Accommodations: Riverside Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Explore magical, mystical Crater Lake
(Wednesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast in the lobby of the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to Crater Lake, a magical place that has inspired people for hundreds of years. You'll find a deep, pure lake, sheer cliffs almost two thousand feet high, two picturesque islands, and a place with a very violent volcanic past. Immeasurably beautiful, Crater Lake is an outstanding outdoor laboratory, classroom and playground.
 Lunch: Eat your picnic lunch while enjoying one of the most beautiful views in the world!
 Afternoon: There are so many great spots to explore at Crater Lake! Hike, learn and play!
 Dinner: Enjoy another delicious dining experience in Grants Pass.
   
Accommodations: Riverside Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Spend the day at an outdoor challenge course and enjoy dinner in Ashland!
(Thursday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast in the lobby of the hotel.
 Morning: Head out in the morning to the Earth Teach challenge course. Get ready to explore your boundaries with the group as you work the challenge course together under the guidance of facilitators.
 Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch under the trees at the challenge course.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, continue the challenge course. There will be an opportunity for high elements for those who wish to swing through the trees!
 Dinner: Head down to the scenic town of Ashland for a celebration dinner. Relive the highlights of the week before heading back to Grants Pass for the night.
   
Accommodations: Riverside Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Check-Out
(Friday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a continental breakfast in the lobby of the hotel.
 Morning: Time to say good-bye to your new friends and safe travels home!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Grants Pass, OR Grants Pass Visitors and Convention Bureau
For information about things to do in Grants Pass and on the Rogue River, contact visitor information at 1-800-547-5927 or 541-476-7717 or visit their website. For additional information, visit www.visitgrantspass.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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