This is a detailed 17 day Turkey and Greece itinerary I did for my trip in October 2015 with my parents. This summary includes the cost of accommodation, transport details of our trip excluding food for us. I have written separate guides for all the cities we traveled to except for some. Family trip to Greece and Turkey. Current photo location: Ephesus, Turkey. Turkey and Greece itinerary Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul \tTaxi from Ataturk Airport (IST)to Old Town Sultanahmet was 45 TL. \tAccommodation: Double Tree Old Town Istanbul- €151.20 per night at King Guest Room. My parents got complimentary breakfast as York and I are Hilton Gold members. \tPurchase Istanbul Museum pass from Double Tree concierge for 85 TL. \tSight-seeing around Old Town Area. \tLunch at Aloran Cafe & Restaurant near Topkapi Palace. \tDinner at "The Terrace Restaurant" on the top floor of Double Tree by Hilton Istanbul Old Town. Hagia Sophia seen outside of The Blue Mosque Further Reading: Emirates Low Fat & Low Cholesterol Meal Day 2: Istanbul \tSight-seeing around Old Town Area \tTaxi to Beyoglu Area from Old Town was around 25 TL. \tAccommodation: Hilton ParkSA- 436 TL per night per room at Double Bosphorus View Room. Did get upgraded to executive lounge in both rooms with complimentary breakfast for four. \tLunch/ afternoon tea at Hilton ParkSA Executive lounge \tDinner at "Bar 7 Restaurant & Bars" on top floor of Hilton ParkSA. Beautiful view of Bosphorus Strait from Suleymaniye Mosque. Day 3: Istanbul \tExplore Beyoglu Area, Taksim \tTaxi from Hilton ParkSA to Hilton Istanbul Kozyatagi in Asian side was around 60 TL \tAccommodation: Hilton Istanbul Kozyatagi- King Guest Room but upgraded to King Executive Room and paid 391 TL per room per night. \tDid Hammam Treatment at the hotel for 150 TL (Prices for other spa treatment click here) \tDinner at Hilton Executive lounge. The world's second-oldest subway line at Taksim Further Reading: 12 Top Places to Visit @ Two Days in Istanbul & What to eat in Istanbul? (Desserts & Street Food) Day 4: Istanbul to Denizli \tTaxi from Hilton Istanbul Kozyatagi to Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) was around 70 TL. \tFlight from Istanbul to Denizli via Pegasus Airline was USD$109 for 4 people including 20 kg x 2 + 15 kg x 2 check-in luggage. \tShuttle from Airport into Denizli bus stop was 13 TL per person. \tAccommodation: Yildirim Hotel €41 per night. Exceptionally good value hotel with free breakfast and very clean. Dipping our feet in cold water of the Travertines was very enjoyable in this hot weather! Day 5: Pammukale Day Trip from Denizli \tPammukale can be reached by taking a mini-bus from gate 76 in the central bus station for 4 TL. \tAccommodation & Dinner at Yildirim Hotel (3 course dinner was only 15 TL per set). One of the most visited sites in Turkey: The Travertines of Pamukkale. Further reading on "Guide to Visiting Pamukkale- The Cotton Castle of Turkey" Day 6: Denizli to Izmir \tDaily train to Izmir via Selcuk (Total travel time around 4.5 hours). You can only buy tickets on the day, please go to the train station the day before to check the departure time. 40 TL per person. \tOur train: Denizli (8.20) à Selcuk (11.28) à Azmir Aiport (12.19) à Izmir (12.39) \tAccommodation: Hilton Izmir Double Room with view of Aegean Sea, got upgraded to executive lounge access. 283 TL per night. \tDinner at Hilton Izmir executive lounge. \tWe stayed at Izmir instead of Selcuk because we will be travelling to Greece from here and it has an International Airport. Izmir is a beautiful seaside city, it's nice to just walk around the town and use it as a base for Ephesus. The Celcus Library: Ephesus's most impressive building was built in 1st Century AD in honour of Tiberius Julius Celcus. Day 7: Ephesus Day Trip (Selcuk) \tDaily train to Selcuk from Izmir (Basmane) costs 6.25 TL per person. Bus from Selcuk to Ephesus costs 2.5 TL per person. \tEphesus entrance fee: 30 TL per person. \tDinner at "Windows on the Bay Restaurant" one of the top floors on Hilton Izmir. \tAccommodation: Booked for Double Guest Rooms but upgraded to Superior King Guest Rooms at DoubleTree Izmir for 225.72 TL per room. Our flight to Greece was 6.10 am on the next day. The receptionist arranged a "breakfast box" for us as we would miss out the complimentary breakfast that came with Hilton HHonours Gold. Beautiful night view of Izmir from our room in Executive floor. Izmir is the 3rd largest city in Turkey and often served as a base for day trips to Ephesus Have not written a separate entry for Ephesus yet. Total spent in Turkey: around €1692 for 4 people (including accommodation/ transport/ sight-seeing/ excluding food) for 7 days. Average €60.42 per person per day excluding food. Day 8: Izmir to Santorini via Aegean Airline \tTaxi from DoubleTree Izmir to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. From memory it was around 60 TL. \tAegean Airline from Izmir to Athens, Athens to Santorini costed us €286.16 for four including two 23 kg check-in luggage. \tPrivate van from Santorini Airport to Zoe's Aegean Traditional House in Oia costed us €30. \tAccommodation: Zoe's Aegean Traditional House €230 per night for Zoe's Private Villa. Santorini is many people's "dream destination" with its Cycladic charm. Further reading on Oia and our accommodation please read "Best Place to Stay in Santorini: Oia" Day 9 - Day 10: Santorini You don't get this kind of view in Fira. Beautiful old traditional windmills that are now used as either restaurants or guest houses. Further reading on "Our Recommendations of Food in Santorini" Day 11: Santorini to Paros \tBlue Star Ferries from Santorini (15.30) to Paros (19.15) €111.60 for four. We did not pay extra for better seats, as many people just go find their own seats at a better class (except business class requires you to show tickets). \tAccommodation: Panos Studios at Parikia on island of Paros. €35 per room per night. On the peaceful and quiet island of Paros. Day 12- Day 13: Paros We probably only saw a handful of other tourists during our 3 day stay in Paros. Have not written a separate entry for Paros yet. Day 14: Paros to Athens \tBlue Star Ferries from Paros (10.45) to Athens (15.00) €173.25 for four of us. \tTaxi from Athens Piraeus to Central Hotel was €20 fix price. \tCentral Hotel is located within the walking distance of Acropolis. It is a perfect combination of its price and quality. We loved the free breakfast it provided. The rooms costed us €100 per room per night. These Caryatids on Erechtheion are actually replicas. Real ones are in New Acropolis Museum. Day 15-16: Athens \t€12 for the tickets to Acropolis which can be purchased on the spot. The Parthenon was a slight let-down with all the constructions going on. Further Reading at Athens on a Budget: €12 to See Acropolis & Other Ancient Ruins Day 17: Depart Athens \tTaxi from Central Hotel to Athens Airport was €30 fix price. The columns from Temple of Olympian Zeus on the ground in pieces. Total spent in Greece €2169.01 including accommodation, food and transport excluding food for 10 days. Average €54.23 per person per day excluding food. Since we did our trip during October 2015, there really wasn't much to do on the Greek Island of Paros. If I were to plan my trip again, I would spend time in Cappadocia, Turkey instead. We spent 3 hours on Ferry from Santorini to this beautiful relaxing island. There were barely any tourists. Disclaimer: The above hotel links contains affiliate links, however we did not get sponsorship to stay at these accommodations. The fees were self funded and the hotels were found by us.