Crossword Puzzle: Test Your Trans-Siberian Railway Knowledge

Crossword Puzzle: Test Your Trans-Siberian Railway Knowledge

A trip along the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway is a thoroughly relaxing journey with an old-world flavor. There’s a reason it’s mentioned in 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. MIR’s 30+ years of travel experience is why the best-selling book recommends MIR as the company to talk to about a Trans-Siberian journey.

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3 ways to ride the Trans-Siberian Railway with MIR:Whether you go by regularly scheduled train or by chic and comfortable private train, a Trans-Siberian rail trip is an experience to remember for the rest of your life.

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Puzzle Time

Test your knowledge of this legendary rail line with MIR’s Trans-Siberian Railway crossword puzzle. If you prefer, here’s a PDF for you to download and print to play along at home. The answers are at the bottom of the PDF.

Clues ACROSS:

9 – Mongolia’s capital city (hint)
11 – A Russian bath (hint)
12 – The “capital” of Siberia (hint)
13 – Acronym for the Trans-Siberian (hint)
14 – What you can expect on a Golden Eagle private train (hint)
15 – 19th century Russian officers exiled to Siberia (hint)
16 – Fled from the czar’s repression in the 17th century (hint)

Clues DOWN:

1 – St. Basil’s is in… (hint)
2 – Capital and largest city in China (hint)
3 – The only land-locked freshwater seal in the world (hint)
4 – Mongolia’s favorite annual festival (hint)
5 – City where Nicholas II and his family were executed (hint)
6 – If you live in a place, you are known as a… (hint)
7 – “Ruler of the East” (hint)
8 – A Russian sleigh (hint)
10 – Deepest and oldest lake on earth (hint)

 

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Click on this to view a PDF of the crossword puzzle that you can download and print. When you click on this image to open this document, you’ll find the answer key at the bottom of the PDF.

 

Travel alongside locals on scheduled public trains
Riding horses in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

Riding horses in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Photo credit: Meaghan Samuels

On MIR’s small group tour, Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure, travel on regularly scheduled Trans-Siberian trains over a dramatic and variegated route that offers limitless opportunities to meet the diverse local people – Mongol, Buryat and Russian.

  • Admire the rolling steppe and monumental rock formations in alpine Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.
  • Discover how “breaking bread” is a quintessential part of Russian train etiquette and the best way to make new friends.
  • On the July departure, enjoy Naadam Festival opening ceremonies in Mongolia.

 

Two small group Trans-Siberian adventure departuresMIR’s Mongolia to Moscow: A Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure has two upcoming departures to choose from:

  • July 10-25, 2018 (featuring Naadam Festival)
  • September 4-19, 2018

The Trans-Siberian Railway – your dates/your personalized itineraryYou can also choose to travel on your own custom Trans-Siberian Railway itinerary on local, regularly scheduled trains. Contact our Private Journey department or complete a custom travel inquiry form.

“The independent Trans-Siberian trip I took though MIR was a cross-section of Russian life. In my four-person cabin, the changing lineup of cabin mates included an English teacher from Omsk who had never before met a native English speaker, a mother bringing her blind son to a special school in Novosibirsk, and an elderly man and his grandson on their way to Vladivostok to buy a car and drive it back.”

– M. Noble

 

Travel on the comfortable Tsar’s Gold private train
Beijing, China

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China
Photo credit: China National Tourist Office

Board the comfortable Tsar’s Gold private train on the Moscow to Beijing departure and glide from the metropolis of Moscow, where Red Square and St. Basil’s have become the symbols of Russia, all the way to China’s capital, Beijing. This route also operates in reverse from Beijing to Moscow.

  • Enjoy a Russian tea party, with hot drinks, baked goods and zakuskie, or appetizers
  • Join travelers from around the world to enjoy the casual and relaxed atmosphere aboard the private train, dining in comfort and chatting over drinks in the lounge.
  • Compare imperial Russia’s Kremlin with imperial China’s Forbidden City.

 

Choose from two Tsar’s Gold itineraries

“I liked the sense of camaraderie on the train, with an international mix of passengers mingling together. I also enjoyed the hotel stays along the way; they made for a more in-depth understanding of the local culture and the places in general.”

– J. Millick

 

Journey aboard the luxury Golden Eagle private train
Ulan Ude's Old Believers

Visit a village to hear the powerful centuries-old songs of the Old Believers and learn
about their unique traditions
Photo credit: Helge Pedersen

Rail journeys on the Golden Eagle private train are in a class of their own, combining the dream of Old World rail travel with modern amenities and allowing travelers to experience remote destinations in style and comfort. The luxury Golden Eagle train operates on four Trans-Siberian Railway routes:

The Classic Route

Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway between Moscow and Vladivostok in the summer or fall – take a dip in Lake Baikal, anyone?

  • Enjoy a private concert at the Decembrist House Museum in Irkutsk.
  • Pay a visit to a village of Old Believers for a traditional meal and a concert featuring local singers and musicians.

Eastbound: Moscow to VladivostokWestbound: Vladivostok to Moscow

 

The Winter Wonder Land Route

In the winter, Western Russia is aglow with festive lights while Siberia is a wild and wooded place of unimaginable beauty whose cities glow with warmth. Travel the Trans-Siberian Railway between Moscow and Vladivostok on this winter exploration and choose from a variety of adventures on a frozen Lake Baikal.

  • Visit UNESCO-listed Vladimir and Suzdal to admire the snow-tipped onion domes crowning some of the first churches and monasteries in Kievan Rus; then set out on an exhilarating sleigh ride.
  • Board a hovercraft that crosses frozen Lake Baikal to a spot where you can join in with locals ice-fishing, smoking freshly-caught fish, riding snowmobiles and running dogsleds.

Eastbound: Moscow to VladivostokWestbound: Vladivostok to Moscow

 

The Mongolian Route

From the Moscow Kremlin to the Mongolian steppe, this rail journey by private train between UlaanBaatar and Moscow celebrates three different cultures: that of the modern Muscovite, the Baikal Siberian and the Mongolian nomad.

  • Cheer on the dignified wrestlers, young jockeys and eagle-eyed archers at the Naadam Festival.
  • Enjoy lunch and a performance of other-worldly Mongolian throat-singing in a nomadic ger.

Eastbound: Moscow to UlaanBaatar • Westbound: UlaanBaatar to Moscow

 

“I enjoyed the overall experience of being on the [Golden Eagle] train and seeing the vastness of Siberia. Off the train, I especially enjoyed visits to people’s homes – the Old Believers in Ulan Ude, the dacha near Irkutsk, the apartment in Novosibirsk.”

– K. Lacey

 

Vladivostok to Ulaanbaatar via the BAM

“AThe seldom-traveled Baikal-Amur Magistral (BAM for short) rolls through some of the most remote, roadless taiga in the country, through dramatic mountains and over miles of tundra.

The train stops at crumbling little towns thrown together in the 1970s for railroad workers, where the few who remain stay for the beauty of the Siberian outback. Then head south to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, to celebrate the “three skills of man” – archery, horse racing and wrestling – at the country’s favorite festival, Naadam.

 

(Trans-Siberian Railway Crossword Puzzle. Background photo credit: Martin Klimenta)

PUBLISHED: April 23, 2015

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