Covering a total area of 7.69 million square kilometres, mainland Australia is the world's largest island - but smallest continent. That said, Australia is big - in distance, the continent stretches about 3700 kilometres from north to south and 4000 kilometres from east to west, making it the sixth-largest nation after Russia, Canada, China, the United States and Brazil.
Because it stretches through numerous climate zones - from tropical to temperate - Australia offers a diversity of environments, scenery and climatic conditions rarely found elsewhere in a single destination. Whatever your areas of interest - sightseeing, natural attractions, historical places, outdoor activities - chances are you can see it or do it somewhere in Australia.
When it comes to exploring Europe, the most hassle-free and comfortable travel option is rail. There are no airport check-in lines or being confined to your seat, and as railway stations in Europe are generally right in the middle of town, chances are your train will drop you within walking distance of your accommodation, no matter what your destination might be.
Europe is also a delightfully multifaceted cruise destination, with some of the world's most impressive coastal cities just a short boat ride apart. On just one Europe cruise, you can linger in the extravagant oceanfront principality of Monaco one day and stroll around the Colosseum in Rome the next, or experience Nordic hospitality in Oslo and the Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
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