After doing some reading about the Greek islands, my husband and I have selected the Ionians for our destination for a September vacation. The reasons were thinking the Ionians is because they are more off the beaten path than the typical tourist loop through the islands, have many beautiful/adventurous natural wonders (we want to scuba dive, fish, do water sports, swim lots) and seem to have a nice mix of cultural sights. We are planning on flying to Rome from the Ionians and have three weeks to split between the two countries.
We are flying into Athens and plan to stay there for 1.5-2 days then would like to make our way over to the Ionians. My questions are-
1. Best mode of travel to get from Athens to the Ionians?
2. Best boats to take between islands?
3. Best airport to fly to Rome from?
4. General words of advice about our itinerary idea.