First choice for the travel was a europe trip to Paris, Swiss, Italy. However, I had roughly 10 days for the travel and the europe trip didnt look a good fit for that duration. Next options for this 10 day trip were Russia and Greece. Russia was interesting at this time perticularly for White Nights of Saint Petersburg. However, it could not beat the lure of Santorini and we decided to finalize on Greece-Turkey trip.
At highlevel, the itinerary was like this. The site Inspirock.com has been tremendous help in planning the itinerary. If you are planning a multicity trip (or even a small trip I guess), this site can be really handy. [I don't get any commission from inspirock if you clock on the link - I am just a happy cuistomer :)]
Following are the hotels I used at each location -
AthensHotel: Athens Cypria Hotel - My review - Decent hotel, excellent location
I personally prefer hotels at main location. You may end up paying a little extra but overall you can stoll around the main area any time of the day and avoid time travelling across the city. Athens Cypria was at perfect location in Athens. Quite a few attractions were nearby. Hop-On-Hop-Off is a good way to view the city.
SantoriniBlue Waves Hotel - My Review - Decent hotel, location not bad
Athens - Night stopover
Istanbul was an awesome experience. 3 days are just not good enough for this place. It's unfortunate that this place is not one of the safest places to travel anymore.
Infact, I was at this place at right time (or wrong time!) - about a week before, there was an attack at Ataturk airport of Istanbul and exactly one week after my travel, there was millitary coup in Turkey.
Due to excellent location of my hotel, I didnt have to use hop-on-hop-off at Istanbul. Most of the main attractions - Sultanahmet Square, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye mosque, Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar etc. were nearby or just few stops away by tram. You must not miss traditions turkish food and turkish delights.
This is definitely a place that I would like to visit again someday.