Cruising through France in luxury on a Tauck river ship; Gene Sloan; USA Today


France – Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge

Cruising through France in luxury on a Tauck river ship.

UZES, France — An elegant reception is in full swing as Mark Ungashick, 60, of Kansas City, Mo. arrives at the inner courtyard of the Duchy D’Uzes, a 12th century castle near France’s Rhone River.

The retired business owner and his companions from the Tauck river ship Emerald already have explored the fortress’s Renaissance-era apartments, which still are used by the descendants of the French dukes who built them. Now they’ll kick back with a glass of wine and hors d’oeuvres as violinists and a guitar player perform in the background.

For this one evening, at least, the Duchy D’Uzes is their own private citadel.

“If you’re looking for the differentiator, this is it,” says Ungashick, pausing to talk before a private dinner on the castle grounds.

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