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MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 16, 2008 57 Baltic odyssey surprise PAMELA WRIGHT ABOVE: Red Square, Moscow, with its conglomeration of colours and shapes. Right: The main square market in Warsaw. Below The centuries-old spires of Tallinn. . Pictures: PAMELA WRIGHT LITHUANIA, Latvia and Estonia, three of Europe's tourist surprises, are far from the drab and dull Soviet republics some people still believe them to be. In 16 days, the Insight Vacations coach tour covered 3000km on this magnificent trip through Poland, the Baltic States and Russia with a tour director whose incredible knowledge of the countries, history and language, was a major plus. Before heading off, he explained the ins and outs of the tour. ''Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which are all members of the European Union, are a gentle introduction and then the pace picks up in Russia,'' he said. ''Also, we might have to be a little patient getting through a couple borders, especially from Estonia into Russia so it's not like free Europe but it's all fascinating.'' Poland's capital Warsaw was an eye-opener with about 80 per cent of the city destroyed during World War II in a mass slaughter. Meticulously rebuilt from rubble, the old town was reconstructed almost to perfection with the help of 18th century paintings by Canaletto and is now full of open air cafes and enthusiastic locals selling artwork and souvenirs in the town square, Stare Miasto. The city is rich with quality hotels, restaurants and elegant shops as well as historical museums and monuments to World War II. Heading north to Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, the gothic and baroque old town is seductive with a skyline full of Russian Orthodox and Catholic church spires, narrow winding streets and centuries-old churches making it worthy of being a Unesco World Heritage site. Especially good for people-watching, and for its excellent coffee, is the central pedestrian mall. Once in Riga, Latvia's capital, this revitalised and magnetic city lives up to the expectation that it is already rivalling Prague as another of Europe's most popular tourist destinations. With large, open parks, a historic section, its own art nouveau architecture and great nightlife, it's no surprise to discover that the people have a determination to leave behind the old Soviet image. While holding on to its historic charm, it's evident by the new glass and glossy buildings springing up and the amount of new Mercs, BMWs and Volvos roaming the streets, that Riga's economy is in good shape. As the smallest of all three Baltic States, Estonia has the longest coastline with plenty of spa resorts and, a bit like its neighbour Finland, taking a sauna is a national pastime. Tallinn, a very welcoming city and port for many cruise ships, has set a strong trend in fashion and design and is a blend of old medieval and ultra-modern buildings including a very stylish shopping centre, Viru and a prosperous cafe culture and good food too boot. At sunset in St Petersburg, an idyllic barge canal cruise showcases mansions, palaces and bridges. One of the world's greatest museums, the Hermitage, with its magnificent green, white and gold exterior, has an enormous collection of treasures -- estimated at more than three million items. And then there's the elaborate Petrodvorets, often referred to as the Russian Versailles and the fortress of St Peter and Paul -- in fact the whole city is a magical open air museum. Moscow's renowned for its rich culture, diverse population and many sightseeing highlights. In Red Square, visit St Basil's Cathedral, a conglomeration of colours and shapes, Lenin's tomb and walk inside the walls of the Kremlin. A tour of Moscow by night is fantastic and a guided tour of the historic metro stations with their exquisite art, marble, chandeliers and mosaics depicting the history and life of the Soviet people, should totally amaze any traveller. Insight Vacations includes the main city tours with optional extras that can offer a bigger picture or use free time to discover some of the fabulous night life and entertainment available in these dynamic countries. GETTING THERE: Qantas Airways flies to London from Sydney and Melbourne 28 times a week with daily connections on British Airways to Warsaw, Poland. 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