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Welcome to NOLA Gondola

We wrap you with the magic and allure of the Venetian Gondola, and mix it with the romance and flavor of New Orleans.

Celebrating Love

Experience romance and relaxation aboard the Bella Mae as she glides quietly through City Park's breathtaking lagoons.

Celebrating Life

Whether you want an intimate cruise for two, or a small group of friends (up to six), you will cherish this memory for years to come.

Discover the Romance and Flavor of New Orleans aboard a Gondola ride

Nola Gondola, founded by Robert Dula, will wrap you up with the magic and allure of the Venetian Gondola, and mix it with the romance and flavor of New Orleans.

Robert’s childhood dream of being a Gondolier was realized in 2003 when work on his authentic Venetian Gondola began in Venice, Italy.

Since March 2004 he has been sharing his love of the Gondola with all his guests.

The Gondola’s name is Bella Mae, in honor of Robert’s Mother.

Dio Benedice Bella Mae.


Immerse Yourselves in the Romance and Beauty of New Orleans!

Birthday Trip

This was an amazing experience! Every time I come to New Orleans I find new things to do ! This was by far the best experience I had. It was very scenic and relaxing and he even played Happy birthday to me which was so sweet. If I ever come back with a partner I would definitely do it because it could’ve been so romantic..

– Jessica P • Tripadvisor
Just Lovely

We truly enjoyed our gondola ride. The gondolier was pleasant and interesting. We were very fortunate with the weather as well as the total lack of others using the waterway. I would certainly recommend to anyone. One suggestion, it can get warm out there with the sun even on a cool day, just be prepared.

– Brian M • Tripadvisor
Don't miss out!

Robert not only is a great gondolier, he's also a wonderful conversationalist and we learned so much about New Orleans and gondolas from him. I knew my kids would love this experience but what I wasn't prepared for was how extremely RELAXING it was. I felt blissed out for hours afterwards. Excellent activity to weave into your NOLA visit and an opportunity to get out to city park!

– Lisa G • Tripadvisor
26 Anniversary Trip

This was the best part of our anniversary trip. Robert the owner went out of his way to accommodate us. He was very knowledgeable about the history of the gondola and how he was able to get it to the US. I would definitely recommend this trip to all romantic couples touring New Orleans,

– Anita C • Tripadvisor
40th Birthday Surprise

I recently took a romantic ride with my wife for her 40th Birthday while visiting New Orleans. Robert was a great communicator from the time I started planning this trip to the day of our tour. He is one of the friendliest, professional, kindest spirits one could ever meet. This was one of the highlights of the trip for my wife and she still is talking about how beautiful it was.

– Ramon S • Tripadvisor
NOLA Gondola

Robert was an excellent host! He accommodated our two puppies and gave us a fantastic ride, engaging with us and telling us all about the area. He also took a family photo for us with his camera and the quality was top notch. We had a great experience and will definitely be back!

– Courtney H • Tripadvisor