I was actually surprised as to how many optionals there were…and it was really easy to opt in and out of them (or at least our tour leader was totally cool with it)
I’ve only mentioned the ones I did, there were a few more options in some of the larger cities though.
River Cruise was not worth it for what it was - utterly boring BUT it was good to start getting to know the group better.
Cabaret again, I didn’t like it particularly, but it was a chance to get to know the rest of the group.
Jungfrau: Was awesome. It was a bit of a shame that the day we went up was -19 and a virtual wipeout, but it was a cool experience.
Florence: I didn’t do any optionals…not sure there was any. BUT if you get a chance climb the Duomo. exhausted me but the view was so worth it.
Vatican tour: Tour wasn’t bad, but we wasted a lot of time on it. By the time we finished we literally had to RUN to get to visit other places.
T-Shirt: I got the ‘commerative t-shirt’. Tad expensive, but it’s a nifty souvenier.
Gondola Ride: It was lame, but it had to be done. Most of the group did it and we all had a bit of a laugh about it.
Salzburg: I didn’t do either optional.
The choice was skiing or a sound of music tour. My room mates all did one or the other and loved them both.
Vienna: Mozart music concert. Would have been worth it had I been feeling better - but I was a little ahem worst for ware after a late night in Salzburgh looks shifty. It was pretty awesome though - and I suggest go for the dinner and concert, not just the concert.
Budapest: No optional from what I remember. We also got there on Christmas eve, so there was a lot of things closed…I’d love to go back there.
Krakow: I didn’t do the optionals, but there was the Saltmines. Those who went absolutely loved them.
Prague: Again, I don’t remember what the optional was, so I clearly didn’t do it (there may not have been any though…)
Berlin: 3rd Reich tour: TOTALLY worth it in my opinion. It was bucketing down in snow, -12 and such a sombreing experience. It was fascinating.
Night Life Tour: I planned to do this, and was psyched, but I contracted bronchitis and was told I needed bed rest. Never got my hasselhoff t-shirt either…which is saddening
Canal Cruise: Again, wasn’t that great, but it was our last night, so most of us did it as a goodbye style thing.
Sex show: Wasn’t what I expected, and many found it to be a let down in some ways…but we were in amsterdam…what else was there to do.
Hope that helped…if I went back I wouldn’t bother with half of them again, but it was my first time over there and some things just needed to be ‘ticked off the list’.
Jungfrau and 3rd Reich tour were my outstanding favourites though.