I liked Madrid better than Barcelona and I booked through Globus, but let
me tell you a story about travel insurance. I got sick in Barcelona
because of the food, and dumb me, all I could think of was to get on a
plane and go back home. I did not know I had to see a doctor in Spain or
go to their hospital, and my tour guide never told me. I lost $2,000. for
that escapade!!!! I recently had health problems which means my
traveling is now limited to four or five days at the most. I am not young.
I wanted to see the Rocky Mountains very badly, so I again booked with
Globus, but this time it happened before I went, and Globus returned their
end of the money as part of the cancellation insurance, but it took me
2-1/2 months to get the rest back from the actual travel insurance carrier.
Be forewarned about being anxious to buy travel insurance. If you are
young and in good health, your own insurance can cover the health end of
it, but the cancellation end of it is a toughie. They are not so anxious
to part with the money. The reasons as you well know must be valid. I
wish I could have seen Vancouver, Victoria, Banff, Jasper and the rest of
my 12 days of a tour through the Rocky Mountains. I like dealing with a
travel agent, because I always have to pick a tour. I am seventy and went
to Japan last October by tour and had some wonderful people on the tour.
If you are young, you can make your own choices. Good luck and have a
wonderful time! Elaine