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Drive to London Heathrow Airport, Fly to Erbil
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Erbil, Iraq
— 6 nights
Fly
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Cairo, Egypt
— 6 nights
Fly
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Hurghada, Egypt
— 5 nights
Fly to Sharm el-Sheikh, Taxi to Sharm El Sheikh
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dahab, Egypt
— 3 nights
Fly
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Marsa Alam, Egypt
— 4 nights
Fly
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Luxor, Egypt
— 6 nights
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Erbil, Iraq — 6 nights

Hawler

Bring the kids along to Erbil Citadel and Sami Abdulrahman Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Erbil: Kirkuk (Kirkuk Citadel & Bawa Gurgur Park). There's lots more to do: walk around Shanadar Park, get engrossed in the history at Syriac Heritage Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Bekhal Waterfall, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jalil Khayat and his Children's Mosque.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Erbil trip planning app.

Brize Norton, UK to Erbil is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Brize Norton to Erbil due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brize Norton in April, expect nights in Erbil to be a bit warmer, around 13°C, while days are warmer, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Cairo.
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Cairo, Egypt — 6 nights

City of a Thousand Minarets

Bring the kids along to The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and Pyramids of Giza. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairo: Great Sphinx (in Giza) and Saqqara (Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids & Pyramid of Teti). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, admire the landmark architecture of Aisha Fahmi Palace, explore the activities along Nile River, and shop like a local with Khan Al-Khalili.

For reviews and more tourist information, go to the Cairo day trip site.

Explore your travel options from Erbil to Cairo with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Erbil in April; daily highs in Cairo reach 34°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Hurghada.
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Hurghada, Egypt — 5 nights

Kids will enjoy Scuba & Snorkeling and Giftun Islands. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, go for a stroll along the water at Hurghada Marina, see where the ancients bathed at Planet Spa at Sheraton Miramar, and cool off at Jungle Aqua Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Hurghada driving holiday planner.

Getting from Cairo to Hurghada by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in April, and nighttime lows around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Sharm El Sheikh.
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Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt — 5 nights

City of Peace

Attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Na'ama Bay make great kid-friendly stops. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Ras Um Sid, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and browse for treasures at St Catherine Shop.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Sharm El Sheikh online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hurghada to Sharm El Sheikh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or drive. In May in Sharm El Sheikh, expect temperatures between 40°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Dahab.
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Dahab, Egypt — 3 nights

You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Scuba & Snorkeling and Blue Hole. Make the 10th (Wed) a memorable day with a climbing tour. Next up on the itinerary: see the vivid underwater world at Coral Reefs and look for gifts at WICKEDiCANDY.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dahab journey builder site.

Traveling by car from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Dahab can reach 40°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to fly to Marsa Alam.
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Marsa Alam, Egypt — 4 nights

You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Sharm El Luli and Marsa Mubarak. Spend the 13th (Sat) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: take an exotic tour of Amore Safari, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Abu Dabbab Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Gebel El Rosas.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Marsa Alam trip site.

Fly from Dahab to Marsa Alam in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. In May in Marsa Alam, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Luxor.
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Luxor, Egypt — 6 nights

Luxor is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: delve into the distant past at Temple of Karnak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Medinet Habu, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Valley of the Kings.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Luxor trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Marsa Alam to Luxor in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Marsa Alam in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Luxor: temperatures range from 45°C by day to 26°C at night. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.
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Egypt travel guide

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Gift of the Nile
The land of pharaohs, pyramids, sphinxes, and papyrus, Egypt needs little by way of introduction. Visitors find more than a textbook readout of ancient history when visiting the country--the power, scale, art, and mysticism of its centuries-old culture bleed out from each landmark attraction and seep into the everyday life. Bustling markets, the slow-flowing Nile, the vast desert, and inspiring archeological sites often sit right alongside palaces of great excess and historical importance. All ensure you have plenty to see and do during your vacation in Egypt. In the wake of the Arab Spring in 2011, travel to certain areas where conflict and terrorism are deemed likely remains inadvisable for foreign visitors.
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