Join Keith Christiansen, curator emeritus in European paintings at The Met, to discover Byzantine treasures from Venice to Istanbul aboard the elegantly appointed Golden Eagle Danube Express train. Begin with two nights in Venice, where, away from the crowds, you will have a behind-the-scenes visit to St. Mark's Basilica, home to ancient bronze horses seized from Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade. Visit Torcello's cathedral to see its splendidly restored Byzantine mosaics. Board the Danube Express for the six-night rail adventure through seven beautiful, richly diverse countries—Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, North Macedonia, Greece, and Bulgaria. Along the way, highlights include Byzantine and Venetian masterpieces at Belgrade's National Museum of Serbia; an after-hours private visit to Philip II of Macedon's ancient tomb in Vergina, Greece; and a special tour of the UNESCO-listed Boyana Church in Sofia, Bulgaria, with its glorious Byzantine wall paintings. Conclude in Istanbul, where Keith will lead an optional postlude through its Byzantine and Ottoman highlights.