04/11/2014 04:42 pm ET Updated Jun 11, 2014

Dreaming of My 2014 Travels: Amsterdam

In May I'll give myself a little vacation. After 25 years of guiding our bus tours, I decided to retire from that 10 years ago and simply enjoy the amazing teaching and experiences our bus tour guides dish up--so I go as a participant. Each year I sign up for a Rick Steves tour--incognito. It's fun. I use a pseudonym...and get letters from myself. This year, I'm booked on our Best of Europe in 21 Days Tour--the same route I drove in my minibus back in the 1970s and 1980s. Simply put, this tour collects Europe's greatest hits into an amazing three-week route. It starts in Amsterdam. This clip shows why Amsterdam is a great place to kick off a tour covering Europe's greatest hits.