Amanda Redman on travel and Israel in particular

Amanda Redman Amanda, one of the UK’s best known actresses, recently joined Jennie on the Silver Travel Show to talk about her passion for travel and some of her recent trips. 

In the beginning

As a child, Amanda Redman lived in South Africa for a few months, due to her father’s job and visited a few countries on the continent there. However, most of her childhood holidays were spent in Spain and Italy, which whetted her appetite for travel, indeed fuelled a passion for it. She believes the planet is big, endlessly different and stunningly beautiful: travelling around it takes you out of your own little world. And exploring can be a real privilege.

Flumping and more

However, everyone needs to relax, so Amanda and her husband take ‘flumping’ holidays, they flop and drop on beautiful beaches in other words. Bali and India are favourites and their recent visit to the Seychelles was a success, Amanda would very much like to go back there for a spot of island-hopping. She described the food as out of this world, a good reason to return for anyone!

Incredible Israel

For their wedding anniversary each September, Amanda and her husband take it in turns to choose a culturally interesting place to visit, keeping it a surprise. This year Amanda picked Israel and it surpassed expectations for them both. She found it exotic, extraordinary and multi-cultural as well as totally unexpected. The diversity of people and faiths, all rubbing along together was, she felt, something we might all aspire to and not at all as Israel is portrayed in the media.

Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem Amanda found the Old City of Jerusalem, with the Wailing Wall, Golden Mosque and Via Dolorosa, incredible. The ancient history, in every monument, is beautifully preserved and the reality of being in Biblical places is powerful. The Yehuda market was a splendid mix of Jewish and Muslim traders, with a huge variety of products, foods and smells, tiny cobbled streets and an atmosphere that has stayed the same for centuries. Amanda also recommends visiting Galilee and Nazareth, both places she declared fantastic too.    

September is the perfect time to visit, when the climate is temperate, tourists are fewer and after the Jewish festivals, the pace of life is more relaxed. 

Israel certainly fulfilled the requirement of being culturally interesting for the wedding anniversary trip! Where, she wondered, will next year’s trip be?

Listen to Amanda chatting to Jennie Carr about her travel experiences.

For discovery and exploration in Israel and beyond, Silver Travel Advisor recommends Cox & Kings.  


177 people found this helpful

Share Article:

Jennie Carr

Silver Travel Advisor Creative and Communication Director, member of BGTW

Leave a comment


Sign up to our newsletter to receive the latest travel tips on top destinations.

Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Most Recent Articles

Ambassador offers unique ways to focus on health and wellness while enjoying the beauty of the sea….
Who can resist an invitation to a birthday party in Paris? Gillian Thornton celebrates 40 years of Riviera Travel, the…

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.