mirage BARGE

River cruise &
atypical guesthouse

ABout mirage

Built In 1954

Mirage is one of the last Freycinet gauge barges built in riveted steel. After a long career in grain transportation on French waterways, she narrowly escaped scrapping, a campaign in the 1990s which consisted of destroying many old barges to rejuvenate the French boat fleet. Mirage changed name several times, Obsidian, Roche d’Eau, and then Mirage, before being rehabilitated for housing. The barge is then shortened by approximately 9 meters (~29.5 ft) in order to navigate on the ‘Canal du Midi’. With her 30.85 m long (~101 ft) and 5.05 m wide (~16.5 ft), she remains despite everything, one of the largest barges still navigating on the canal. Still powered by her original engine. Mirage has been restored as a hotel barge, equipped with comfort and autonomy, to live to the rhythm of river cruises.

As a bed and breakfast, self-catering cruising barge or all-inclusive cruise, with her 3 cabins equipped with queen size beds and their private bathrooms and toilets, Mirage can accommodate up to 6 persons.

Her charm is matched only by the one of the ‘Canal du Midi’ where she is moored at the Herminis lock in Carcassonne.

On the deck, you can relax on the 50 m2 teak terrace (~538sqft) transformed into a real Summer lounge with her deckchairs, comfortable armchairs, and spa. You will be able to enjoy the charm and tranquility of the canal banks, in the middle of the largest vineyard in Europe.


3 cabins

Hot tub

6 persons

Air Conditioning


Summer lounge

Bed & Breakfast

This floating guest house will seduce you for a night or a stay. As a couple or with friends, come and discover this atypical and unusual place. Whether sweet or savory, a breakfast will be offered to you that will satisfy all gourmets and gourmands.
Only a few minutes from the heart of the historic city of Carcassonne and its medieval city, a UNESCO-listed tourist hotspot, come and recharge your batteries in the exceptional setting offered aboard Mirage.



Come and discover the charm of the Canal du Midi, to the rhythm of the passage of the locks, through the 17th century works, listed as an UNESCO world heritage site.
From 2 to 6 passengers with crew , you can enjoy all-inclusive navigation or complete autonomy in self-catering.

Bed & Breakfast

Cozy cabin


Saint Exupery cabin

Escape to the warmly colored St-Exupéry Guest Room.
An atmosphere of gentleness and calm reigns there. Relaxation awaits you in this high-end room. The St-Exupéry Room is equipped with air conditioning and a private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet

Comfort cabin


Concorde cabin

The Concorde Cabin is made up of a mixture of ocher, beige, and sand colors that invite you to relax and unwind. Discover an unusual and cozy space with a large 63” ×80” bed (queen bed). Very bright space with two large portholes, and a view of the ‘Canal du Midi’ and its banks

peaceful cabin


Caravelle cabin

By choosing the Caravelle Guest House, discover the most atypical room in Mirage. It is located at the front of the boat where the sailor once lived. After passing through a watertight bulkhead door to access the interior of this cabin, a bright, calm and Zen atmosphere is felt thanks to the judiciously placed portholes

mirage Barge

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28 rue du canal, Ecluse d’Herminis, 11000 CARCASSONNE, France
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