About Mirage

Your Hosts

Mirage owners Mimi and Pascal Chauvin, along with their dog Lola, are your gracious hosts for an unforgettable cruise aboard their authentic 1950s French barge. Mimi and Pascal, both retired from the French Air Force, refurbished Mirage in 2015, creating the elegant, luxury hotel barge you can enjoy today. Captain Pascal pilots the barge along the canal and through the locks. Mimi is Mirage's hostess, insuring that guests are comfortable and pampered. Also, Mimi or Pascal will cooked every day a french dinner with Culinary specialities. Then to discovered our beautifull Cathare area, some visits are organised with an English-speaking tour guide.

Pascal had two dreams growing up. One was to be a jet fighter pilot, which he did flying all around the globe for 21 years in the French Air Force. His second dream was to live on a barge. This has become reality with Mirage. He has combined his two passions offering passengers aboard Mirage the opportunity to tour in his classic Comet biplane, flying over Medieval Carcassonne, Cathar castles, and offering a different view of the Canal du Midi winding its way through the countryside.


Accommodations and Amenities

Mirage is your floating hotel, providing everything you need for comfortable accommodations for your week on the water.

Floorplan for Barge Mirage


Barge Mirage

  • Large saloon/dining room with fully-stocked bar and open kitchen (650 square feet, 9.85 ft floor to the ceiling)
  • Flat screen satellite TV, dvd, music, Wifi internet access
  • 14 Panoramic opening portholes/skylights
  • Comfortable sofas & aviator chairs
  • Decor reminiscent of a 1930s Aviators lounge
  • Library, board games


  • Each of the 3 cabins are double occupancy with ensuite bath: St Exupery (139 ft2), Concorde (124 ft2), Caravelle (120 ft2)
  • Concorde and St Exupery cabins can be made up with either king or twin beds, Caravelle cabin features a queen bed
  • Concorde and St Exupery cabins have showers, the Caravelle has a Japanese bathtub
  • Each cabins has:
    • Safety deposit box
    • Hair dryer
    • 220v & 110v sockets

Deck-side Features

  • Enclosed wheelhouse with panoramic windows
  • Large teak deck area
  • Sun loungers, lounge arm chair
  • Sun canopy
  • Dining area


  • Six quality all-terrain bicycles provided

Vehicle for Transfers/Excursions:

  • Air-conditioned vehicle (3-7 passengers)


  • A gangplank provides access from shore to barge
  • One set of steps with gentle gradient and double hand rails provide access from deck to salon
  • There is no wheelchair access provided