We are an Australian family holidaying in France for two months. Then we wish to travel to St Peters burg and take the trans siberian, stopping off on the way. We have been advised that we cant get a visa here in Paris as we are not residents, so need to airbag our passports to the Russian Embassy in Australia. We cant book our train tickets because the trip is a two months away, and I am struggling to work out how I get an invitation so I can post off our passports. Time is of the essence because we need to work out the Chinese visas next. We were trying to avoid an agent because the extra cost per person adds up when booking four people. Does anyone have any advice?